Gold Coast football manager Marcus Ashcroft has spoken about the hole Michael Barlow will leave after breaking his leg at the weekend.
The Shepparton United product had screws inserted into a broken left fibula yesterday morning after suffering the injury in the last quarter of the Suns’ AFL loss to Carlton on Saturday night.
Barlow is expected to miss 12 months of football, but should be right to begin training at the start of the pre-season.
‘‘It was a shocking thing to have happen to Mick, but on the scale of the potential outcomes from an incident like that, a broken fibula is the more preferable one,’’ Ashcroft said.
‘‘He’ll be out for 12 months and ready to start running on day one of pre-season.
‘‘He’s been fantastic for us this year, his on-field performance and his leadership.
‘‘And when he went off, they (Carlton) kicked three in a row, and that was the end of the story, unfortunately.’’
Barlow, 29, immediately signalled for assistance and was stretchered from the field, before being taken to hospital.
Barlow is no stranger to breaking his leg, having suffered a horror injury to the same leg in his debut season in 2010 when playing for Fremantle.
The midfielder has made an exceptional start to his career at the Suns after the Dockers cut him at the end of last season.
Barlow has played 12 games for Gold Coast to take his overall tally to 138.
Meanwhile, Mooroopna export Clayton Oliver has firmed in Brownlow Medal calculations after another sensational performance for Melbourne in the Demons’ 57-point mauling of reigning premier Western Bulldogs.
Good judges rated him as best-on-ground with 29 possessions and eight tackles, leading the way for Melbourne to jump up to fifth on the ladder.
Seymour’s Josh Schache made a return to form playing for Brisbane Lions’ NEAFL side, booting five goals in a dominant display.
The pressure is off Schache after he recently signed a two-year contract to remain at Brisbane, putting speculation about his future to rest.
The senior Lions lost to Port Adelaide, with Benalla star Tom Rockliff kept quiet, while Echuca’s Ollie Wines was close to best-on-ground for the Power.