South Colac officials remain hopeful that a serious shoulder injury to young gun Tom McKean in the Roos’ win against Irrewarra-Beeac won’t cost him his season.
South Colac coach Josh Black said the club was waiting on the results of an MRI after the reigning best-and-fairest winner re-injured a troublesome shoulder 10 minutes into the 13.7 (85) to 1.5 (11) win.
McKean had previously had a reconstruction on the shoulder.
“He came off the ground in a lot of pain and went off to hospital,” Black said.
“It’s a bit early to speculate but he hasn’t had much luck with the shoulder, last year was the first year he’d had a good run at it,” he said.
“We’ve just got our fingers crossed that it won’t require surgery but he’ll be missing a fair chunk of footy no matter what.
“We’ve just got to wait on the results from the MRI and go from there.”
Black said former Dalyston footballer Joe Alexander stepped up in McKean’s absence, while fellow new recruits Josh Goonan and Dan Jeffreys starred in the midfield during a one-sided opening round of Colac district football.
“We played Goonan through the midfield because we went with a bit of a smaller forward line in the wet,” he said.
“He’s really good around stoppages, he had eight tackles, won six or seven clearances and won a stack of the footy.
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