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Hawk in no rush on future

Drysdale spearhead Jarrod Garth in action in 2019. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

JARROD Garth won’t rush a decision on his football future after suffering a severe knee injury that has ended his 2021 season before it started.

As krockfootball.com.au revealed on Sunday, the former Geelong rookie, who turned 35 in January, needs a knee reconstruction on a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament suffered at training last Monday.

Scans on Friday also revealed a bone fracture below the knee, with that needing to heal before Garth undergoes surgery.

That’s likely to put recovery time at more than 12 months.

“You’re a long time retired, and I still do enjoy playing and training, and everything being a footy player entails,” Garth said.

“I’ve still got a love for the games, and I still do enjoy it, so I’m certainly not quick to throw it away.

“But, I am getting a little bit older; I’ve got a young family, so you’ve got to take all these things into consideration.

“I’m lucky I can work remotely, and I’ll probably be able to do that for the most part, even though I will be laid up for quite a while, it seems.”

Garth, who kicked 66 goals in 14 games for the Hawks, says his memories of the incident are “patchy”.

He says he was leading out for a mark during a match simulation drill when his feet became tangled up with a teammate.

“It’s been a bitter pill to swallow,” Garth said.

“I went down screaming when the incident happened, so I didn’t think it was going to be good news.

“But, I didn’t expect it to be this bad.

“I’m still working through it at the moment.”

Recruited from Bell Park, where he had two fruitful stints, including winning the 2008 and 2017 GFL leading goalkicker award, Garth was looking forward to helping Drysdale back to the finals for the first time since 2013.

“Things look like they’re falling into place really well at the footy club,” he said.

“We’ve got a heap of new players, and even a heap of players that aren’t new but haven’t been unveiled to the competition yet.

“I feel like we’re in a really good spot, so it is disappointing.

“And I did decide to go to Drysdale specifically because I thought they had a plan where we might be challenging in a couple of years.

“It’s pretty disappointing to be missing out on it.”

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