APOLLO BAY’S woes on the injury front took another hit yesterday when lively forward Liam Harrington learnt his football season was all but over.
The Hawk will miss tomorrow’s clash against his old club Otway Districts and is preparing for a 12-month stint on the sidelines with an injured knee.
An MRI scan revealed the 27-year-old damaged his ACL, had cartilage damage on both sides of the knee and also hurt the base of the tibia during the opening minutes of the Bay’s win over the Western Eagles on Saturday.
Simpson officials are also sweating on MRI results for vice-captain Brenton de Jong, who injured a knee in the Tigers’ shock loss to Birregurra.
Coach Adam Coutney said the club should know the two-time premiership star’s fate by Monday.
A disappointed Harrington said the Bay was starting to hit its straps under Craig “Snags” Rippon and first-year coach Martin White.
He said the likely return of interleague gun Karl McSparron and young trio Josh Onderwater, Jake Cooper and Dustin Walters was a timely boost for the Hawks, who sit 1-3 entering the clash against the Demons.
“It’s very disappointing because the list is shaping up really well,” Harrington said.
“Snags and Marty have done a lot of work over the pre-season,” he said.
“It was my first game back; I think the side will really hit its straps in the next few weeks.
“We get three to four players back this week and hopefully we build from there.”
The blow is the popular clubman’s first major injury setback, with an appointment to see a specialist set to confirm if Harrington would require a knee reconstruction.
Harrington said he was committed to helping the club in an off-field capacity this season.
The dangerous left-footer is an assistant coach to senior captain Jarrod Wight for the Hawks’ under-17.5 side and he was also keen to help reserves coach Harley Soall on match day.
“I have been helping out the under-17s,” Harrington said.
“I’m also keen to help out Harley with reserves and the club in general, there are always jobs on a Saturday, so I’ll still be busy.”