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Concussion concerns for George

North Geelong coach Ayden George. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Darren Phillips)

NORTH Geelong coach Ayden George revealed he has contemplated his playing future following a fourth concussion in less than two seasons.

George, who has missed two games since being knocked out at training before the  Round 5 loss to Inverleigh, was concussed three times while at Maryborough Castlemaine League club Carisbrook last year.

“I just bumped into a teammate, and I didn’t get my hands out quick enough to stop my fall, and I smacked the back of my head on the ground,” George said of the latest incident.

“I’m hopeful (of playing) this week, but we’ll see how we go,” he said.

“I had three last year, and especially after hearing the Paddy McCartin interview on the weekend, it makes you think twice.”

George trained for half of North Geelong’s training sessions heading into the win over Corio and hopes to do more on the track this week.

“Predominantly, it’s more my neck, and the major issues are not things that have been documented with some of the other cases,” he said.

“But, definitely at 34, I don’t want to be having any more, that’s for sure.”

George’s concussion has continued a tough start to 2019 on the injury front at Keith Barclay Oval.

The returning Lachie Wright suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in the pre-season, while a broken leg has sidelined former coach and star midfielder Daniel Kee, with a return in 2019 “more unlikely than likely” according to George.

Off-season ruck acquisition Jacob Foot (thumb) is still facing at least another six weeks on the sidelines, with Mick Govus joining him after damaging ligaments in the win over Corio.

However, Brent Schwennesen is a chance to return for a massive clash with Geelong West after missing two games due to work commitments, while George is hopeful Jake Balacki (adductor) and Lachie Hayes (ankle) will be right.

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