K rock Football

Dragon stars set for delayed start

Bell Park star Jackson Sheringham. (Marcel Berens Sports Photography Image/Marcel Berens)

BELL Park co-captains Jackson Sheringham and Luke Rounds are racing the clock to be right for Round 1.

Dragons’ co-coach Luke Rayner has revealed both are touch-and-go to take on Geelong West to open the 2018 season.

Sherignham underwent off-season wrist surgery, while Rounds has battled a knee issue since Christmas.

 

“They’re guys we want to make sure that they go through a full recovery and a full rehab process,” Rayner said.

“If we get them up for Round 1, great, but we’re certainly not going to rush those types of players at that time of the year just to play Round 1.

“Hopefully they are right and ready to go, but if they’re slightly delayed two, three (weeks), whatever it might be, then so be it.

“Obviously we’ve got some balls in the air because we’ll have quite a few VFL listed players this year.

“That, we can’t control, we can only adjust and adapt to that on a weekly basis.”

SEARCHING FOR COMMON GROUND

Former Geelong Falcon Charlie Farrell may also not be sighted until late April as he enters the final stages of his rehab of a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, while the luckless Mitch Cuthill is continuing to battle issues with his meniscus.

The Drysdale product has played just five senior games in the last two seasons.

“He’s just had setback after setback after setback and I really feel for him because he’s got still a lot to offer from a football sense, and is certainly a player we want to have involved,” Rayner said.

“But at this stage he’s just got to work through the pros and cons and what he actually does.

“At our level there’s obviously other commitments such as financial and work and so forth. It’s not a full-time occupation.

“He’s got to make the best decision moving forward based on what he thinks is the right thing to do and we’ll support him in that process, whatever it is.

“But, hopefully, we can get him back up and going, and I’m still confident he’ll be playing some footy for us in 2018 at some stage.”

Bell Park, which exited the finals in straight sets after finishing the home-and-away season in second spot will play three practice matches, starting with Torquay on March 16.

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