Payne has returned to training this week following a week on the sidelines due to the shoulder injury he suffered in the second half of the 2015 grand final against St Kilda.
The 26-year-old, who was one of two ruckmen who kicked two goals in the match, was also expected to be one of the two players who played on the ruck for the first half of Sunday’s round one clash with Port Adelaide.
However, the former Geelong midfielder has returned from a shoulder injury to be available for selection this week.
“It’s all good.
It’s all OK,” Payne said.”
The next few weeks will be a lot of work for me and the rehab for the shoulder. “
I’ll have a few days to go through my training, get back to normal and see how it goes.
The next few weeks will be a lot of work for me and the rehab for the shoulder.
It’s definitely been a tough couple of weeks and I’m ready to go.”
We’re trying to get back into it.
It took a while to get into it last year and it’s taken a lot longer this year.
I’m ready for it.
“In the opening term of the season, Payne was a big part of the Demons’ premiership defence, kicking four goals in his debut season after returning from injury in round one.
He kicked six goals and averaged more than 30 disposals in his first season.
In the first term of this season, he is just the fourth ruckman to reach 30 disposons, with Shaun Higgins and Tom Liberatore the others.
The Demons have lost nine of their first 12 matches after losing their first seven matches in the season.