South Colac has thrown its support behind rising star Mitch Perkins who is almost certain to miss the remainder of the season with a serious eye injury.
The 21-year-old was rushed to a Geelong hospital for surgery on Thursday after copping a piece of wire in his eye.
The Colac Herald understands all news has been positive so far, but Perkins will learn more during a follow-up check-up today.
Roos coach Josh Black said Perkins had been in good spirits following the surgery to have “about three” stitches in the eye.
“It’s still kind of unclear the extent of it,” Black said.
“I went and saw him on Friday and my heart broke for him, the prospect he may never get full vision back in that eye,” he said.
“But his attitude was remarkable, he could have been laying there saying ‘why me?’ but he’s sort of taken the attitude ‘it is what it is’.
“He said to me ‘I’m only in hospital for one night, (Roos teammate) Luke Burnett was in hospital for like 50’.”
Black said it was shattering for Perkins and the team that he would likely miss the remainder of the season.
The former Roos junior has developed into a key player for the Colac district league’s ladder-leader, and made his interleague debut earlier this season.
“He’s probably the backbone of the side, the heart and soul, and everyone loves him,” Black said.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.