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Surgery unlikely to slow Jet

Newtown & Chilwell captain Matt McMahon (Sports Media/Marcel Berens)

NEWTOWN & Chilwell coach Damien McMahon is comfortable star captain Matt McMahon remains on track for Round 1 of the GFL season despite requiring further surgery on his Achilles tendon.

The three-time Mathieson medallist underwent surgery late in the 2019 season before the issue ended his year following the Eagles’ qualifying final loss to St Joseph’s.

He is expected to go under the knife again within the fortnight.

“He is due for another small procedure, which will assist his recovery,” Damien McMahon said.

“But, at this stage, (he’s) on track for a Round 1 start, hopefully.

“He’ll have that procedure in the next couple of weeks, and that will free him up to start doing some more rigorous activity.

“He’s getting along training and still having an active involvement without doing too much on the track.”

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Last year’s beaten semi-finalists have practice matches scheduled against reigning VAFA A Grade premier Uni Blues and GFL champions St Mary’s.

However, Damien McMahon isn’t concerned if his skipper doesn’t feature in either of those and makes his first appearance of 2020 in the Pride Cup clash with Leopold on April 5.

“That will be determined by what he can do over the next couple of months,” McMahon said.

“But, he’s the sort player who doesn’t need a whole heap of preparation. Being a mature-ager as he is, he’d be able to come in and play at any given time without a practice match.

“But our goal would be for him to play at least a practice match.”

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However, the news isn’t as good for recruit Jordan Jones, who is weighing-up his playing future as he struggles to overcome a knee problem.

The former West Coast Eagle, who was sacked as playing coach of Ocean Grove after 12 rounds of the 2019 season, underwent season-ending knee surgery in May.

Jones told krockfootball.com.au he was planning to be ready for Round 1 of the 2020 season when he signed with Newtown & Chilwell in October.

However, McMahon says despite getting through the pre-Christmas segment of pre-season without too many issues, the results of a follow-up scan has left the 29-year-old with a decision to make.

“He hasn’t set himself back through training,” McMahon said. “It’s more it probably hasn’t recovered to the extent that the surgeon was hoping.

“It’s still reasonably on track, but with a few other people looking at it, they raised some concerns with him that he needs to consider his long-term future with where his body sits in coming years rather than just this year.

“Time will only tell. We’re giving him every opportunity (to play), but there is some chance of him not playing football in 2020.”

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