K rock Football

Season over for Supersaint

Sam Wolfenden sends St Albans forward in Saturday’s win over North Shore. (Marcel Berens Sports Photography Image/Marcel Berens)

LUCKLESS St Albans winger Sam Wolfenden won’t play again until 2023 after scans revealed the extent of the damage after he was injured in the Round 10 loss to Lara.

In his first game back after a medical issue limited him to just two games in 2022, Wolfenden’s return lasted less than a half before he was crunched in a tackle by Cat Connor Linehan-Cunningham.

He suffered a dislocated shoulder and damaged his bicep tendon but has avoided surgery.

Wolfenden’s rehabilitation will take up to four months, with the Supersaints hoping he will participate in the early stages of pre-season.

“He’s a really resilient young man who we can’t wait to have back next year,” coach Alex Tortora said.

“I’m not sure about cricket – I know he really loves his cricket, so I don’t what he’s going to do about that.

“But, hopefully, he keeps his body fresh and ready for pre-season and next football season.”

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Tortora said that the former Geelong Falcons remains upbeat despite his run of outs.

“I think having a really strong hands-on involvement with the midfield group has kept him sane,” he said.

“He’s been at the forefront of sitting with the coaches and understanding how we want to play, and the frustrations that come along with coaching – the ups and downs … the rollercoaster of game day – he’s been a part of everything.

“He’s been like a right-hand man to me, to be honest. He’s got maturity beyond his years; he’s someone I rely on a little bit.

“When he played, I thought, ‘oh, gee, I’m going to lose a coach here’.”

St Albans will use the break to freshen up for the finals six weeks of the season.

That starts with a clash against Bell Park, where big men Mitch Hovey and Preston Pedron are a chance to return.

Hovey has been limited to just three senior games this year, while Pedron hasn’t played since the Round 8 loss to South Barwon.

However, midfielder Bailey Brogden will miss the meeting with the Dragons after accepting a one-week suspension.

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