Just as things were looking bright for the Gold Coast Suns, their star player has been put in doubt, with surgery now looking likely.
Number one draft pick Matt Rowell was injured in the side’s clash against Geelong over the weekend, with scans since showing he dislocated his shoulder.
It comes after a number of wins for the struggling side, launching them up the AFL ladder within weeks of the season restart.
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Matt Rowell had largely been thanked for the side’s new found confidence, but it wasn’t to last.
Officials are now deciding whether or not the 19-year-old undergoes surgery.
Coach Stuart Dew told Fox Footy last night that they definitely won’t be rushing this decision, and need to make sure it’s the right one.
“We want to make sure we look after him and make sure he has a long career, and not get blinded by the previous four weeks, as hard as that is,” he said.
“The conservative and probably most sensible given his age and position he plays is to have surgery.
“He’s going to get in these positions a lot in terms of getting tackled and put to the ground.
“It’s really important we take a breath and do what’s best.
“Whatever’s best for Matt is going to be best for our football club because we clearly see him as a long-term player for our football club,” Dew said.
The Suns General Manager of Football Jon Haines confirmed the dislocation yesterday, with Rowell still with the team in Wollongong for now.
“He’s in good spirits, he’s frustrated and disappointed obviously, but that’s the type of person he is,” Haines said.
“He’s been terrific. He’s rejoined the group and depending on what path we take with our decision, we’ll make a decision on whether he stays here or not.”