Hawthorn Hawk Jacob Koschitzke pushing to fill Jack Gunston function for spherical one

“Jack is monitoring nicely after his surgical procedure pre-Christmas on a disc however realistically we received’t see him spherical one however we are going to see him within the early a part of the season, which is in step with expectations when he had his surgical procedure,” Hawthorn’s normal supervisor of soccer Rob McCartney stated.

Brownlow medallist Tom Mitchell is not going to play the official pre-season video games as he recovers from shoulder surgical procedure, however will possible ask to play with the VFL within the bye week earlier than spherical one and be out there to play within the opening spherical. James Sicily is the Hawks’ solely different key damage and can miss many of the season.

Within the final recreation final yr Hawthorn had Gunston and Paul Puopolo within the crew. Gunston is injured for spherical one. Puopolo retired and Jonathon Patton continues to be in hospital being treated for mental health problems as he awaits an AFL integrity unit investigation of claims towards him. He’s out of the crew indefinitely.

It can make for a new-look assault.

“Mitch Lewis will play, he has had a very good summer season and Jacob Koschitzke is one which has jumped within the pre-season and shall be an actual likelihood,” McCartney stated.

“We now have been actually happy together with his progress. We swung him ahead late final yr … and that may be vindicated. He’ll get a very good take a look at it within the observe match.”

The Hawks might additionally rotate their rucks, Ben McEvoy and Jon Ceglar, by way of the ahead line.

Tim O’Brien kicked six objectives in a current intra-club match and can get his likelihood within the pre-season to imagine a senior function in Gunston’s absence. About to show 27 he has now performed 78 video games however has not but persistently discovered the convincing performances he has proven he’s able to.

“When it comes to the smalls (forwards) Dylan Moore, who performed nicely on the finish of the yr and even obtained Brownlow votes within the final recreation, he’ll get extra AFL footy and continuity of video games,” McCartney stated.

High draftee Denver Grainger-Barras will play within the observe match towards the Bulldogs which is predicted to be an eight quarter hit-out.

The Western Bulldogs confirmed that No.1 draft decide Jamarra Ugle-Hagan would play however his minutes could be managed in his first interclub hit-out.

Recruit Adam Treloar is on observe to play spherical one after experiencing calf tightness, nonetheless the Bulldogs stay unsure as as to whether he’ll play of their neighborhood collection match towards Melbourne on March eight.

In the meantime Collingwood wingman Chris Mayne is prone to miss the Magpies two pre-season hit-outs towards different golf equipment after he copped a head knock throughout match simulation at coaching on Tuesday.

The Magpies confirmed that the 32-year-old had been identified with concussion, which instantly sidelines him for 12 days underneath new concussion protocols.

Collingwood play Geelong at GMHBA Stadium on Friday morning after which are scheduled to play Richmond at Marvel Stadium the next Friday evening.

Mayne suffered a fractured cheekbone and was concussed towards Carlton in spherical 14 final yr however returned to play within the elimination closing.

With Peter Ryan

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