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Joeys cautious with Davis

St Joseph’s star Jackson Davis in action against Bell Park earlier in the season. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GFL ladder leader St Joseph’s will take no risks with Jackson Davis in the run to the finals, with the star forward unlikely to be seen until the closing stages of the home-and-away season.

Coach Paul Carson revealed Davis, who has 18 goals from 11 appearances in 2019, is battling groin soreness, which saw him miss last week’s win over Bell Park.

“We’re in a position that we can look after him and get him going in the backend (of the season), and hopefully he can have an impact on the big stage,” Carson said.

“That’s why we’re going to give him all the time he needs so we can get him right at the right time.

“He can definitely make an impact.”

Joeys, who are looking to become the first club since South Barwon between 2005-07 to win a hat-trick of premierships, will be boosted by the return of Reid Adams (knee) and Kieran Paliouras (overseas) in coming weeks.

Jack Buckley will also come into the frame for selection after getting through his return from a wrist injury in the reserves on Saturday, as will Tom Denning (foot) following his first game in nearly 12 months.

The undersized ruckman kicked four goals in his return match, and Carson admits he will give the senior coaching panel something to think about at selection in coming weeks, especially with Josh Hovey (finger) to miss the rest of 2019.

“We have flagged that with him, and depending on how he goes over the next couple of weeks, I think he’s got a role to play,” Carson said.

“He’s come back in really good shape. If he was only a couple of centimetres taller, that would be his spot.

“We’re hoping his body holds up and he keeps progressing.”

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