July 12, 2024

West Coast Eagles forward Jack Darling encountered a setback with his hamstring during training, contributing to the club’s growing injury concerns. The incident, described as a “minor setback,” occurred on Friday and will require management for the 31-year-old in upcoming sessions.

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The Eagles’ injury woes extend to other key players like Liam Ryan, Dom Sheed, and Elijah Hewett. Their first-round match is scheduled against Port Adelaide on March 17, with a pre-season game against Adelaide set for March 2.

Meanwhile, North Melbourne’s Hugh Greenwood and Bailey Scott are also facing challenges ahead of their pre-season fixtures. Greenwood suffered an ankle injury during match simulation, while Scott experienced calf tightness after a brief appearance on the field. Greenwood, who played 14 games in 2023, is expected to feature more prominently in 2024 following Ben Cunnington’s retirement. Scott, who had an impressive 2023 season, finishing third in the club’s best and fairest count, is also being monitored.

Zac Fisher, Aidan Corr, and Eddie Ford are among the Kangaroos’ players in rehabilitation, with Tarryn Thomas currently away from the club amidst domestic violence allegations.

In other news, St Kilda has appointed Simon Dalrymple to its list management team as Talent Identification and Player Movement Manager. Dalrymple, with prior experience at Sydney Swans and Western Bulldogs, brings a wealth of expertise in talent scouting and list management. His addition follows the departure of Chris Toce and Jarryd Roughead from the team, with Toce’s role becoming redundant and Roughead moving on to Hawthorn.

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