The return of former Lorne premiership player Jared Matheson has come at a good time with star forward Lewie Hollmer likely to miss the first half of the 2020 season.
Lorne coach Jack Hollmer confirmed this week that the Dolphins would have to begin their campaign for a third straight flag without his younger brother, who injured his leg on the weekend.
Lewie, who has kicked 149 goals in the past two years, required surgery on Sunday after injuring himself surfing at Lorne.
“Lewie’s ruptured the tendon in his quad so he’s had to have surgery,” Jack Hollmer said.
“I’m not sure how he’s done it, whether he’s landed on it and tweaked it, but we’ll wait and see what the surgeon says,” he said.
“But I’d say he’ll miss half the season at least.
“It’s a big loss, but his body’s been pretty sore the last few years so it could be a blessing in disguise.”
Hollmer confirmed Matheson, a former Lorne junior and senior premiership player, had returned to the club after spending the past three years with Geelong district league club Thomson.
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