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Young talent time for Tigers

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TORQUAY coach Dom Gleeson is weighing-up whether to include a quartet of Geelong Falcons for Saturday’s clash with fellow finals contender Modewarre.

The Tigers will be forced into four changes for the match-up with the Warriors after losing more than just the four points in last week’s defeat by Drysdale at Mortimer Oval.

Tom Yensch (ACL), Will Tamassy (PCL), Max Rampling (broken hand) and Paul Burchell (hamstring) all need to be replaced, with Pierson Bennett and veteran Tim Carty both returning after being unavailable last week.

The Falcons won’t play again until the end of May, which means Gleeson has access to Banjo Dyer, Tom Burke, Paddy Hughes and Chase Loftus.

However, he’s unlikely to play all four at the same time.

“Exposing four at the same time is probably a little bit difficult and a little too much to ask of them,” Gleeson said.

“We’ll look to expose a couple of them to senior footy, hopefully, and hopefully, they’re up for it.

“We saw them at training on Tuesday night, and they get down as much as they can.

“It will be good to get them in.”

The loss of Yensch is a blow for Torquay after playing a pivotal role in the club’s unbeaten run through the shortened 2020 season.

Scans on Monday confirmed the big man would need a knee reconstruction.

“It was really innocuous, as you hear a lot with the ACL,” Gleeson said.

“He just twisted … and heard a bit of a crunch. It wasn’t an impact (injury).”

Gleeson will be able to call on one or two of Mackenzie Burns, Ed McCoy, Ollie Reed and Connor Williamson to fill the gap left by Yensch and Tamassy.

“What it does do is open up another opportunity for some of the other guys,” Gleeson said.

“It’s not like we’re strapped for stalls. We probably need to advance these talls a little further, which they’ve been doing throughout our training.

“We’ll just look to develop them.”

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