From Victoria Country to Tatura’s reserves in three weeks.
Dual state representative Chris ‘‘Buffer’’ Ryan has been sensationally dropped from the Bulldogs’ team to host Shepparton United tomorrow.
Injured Tatura playing coach Jamason Daniels has axed one of the club’s highest-profile players following a 90-point smashing at the hands of Seymour last Saturday.
‘‘There are a few things he (Ryan) needs to work on,’’ Daniels said.
‘‘Unfortunately he’s a bit out of touch at the moment and we need to call it how it is.
‘‘He’ll go back to the reserves and he’ll need to tick off some form.’’
Ryan has played for Victoria Country the past two years and was a key member of the Dogs’ 2012 premiership before trying his hand at Labrador in Queensland and Golden Square in Bendigo.
The call is all the more extraordinary considering star veteran Linc Wellington is out with a fractured eye socket.
Matt Ryan and Liam Borrelli won’t play again this season because of injury.
Jacob Chessells goes out of the team that lost to the Lions, while Xavier Ballis gains a recall after starring in the reserves.
Tim Lanyon and Jaydan Thewma are certain to play after easing back through the reserves, while there is still an injury cloud over Sean Martin.
Meanwhile, Shepparton United star Luke Lowden is expected to return to face the ninth-placed Bulldogs.
The Demons assistant coach has missed the past two Goulburn Valley League games, but the towering ruck-forward’s presence against the Bulldogs would be vital.
United upset the Dogs at Deakin Reserve in round four, with Lowden playing a starring role in that victory.
The young Demons, who sit 10th with a 3-11 record, could also get more experience into the line-up with Shane Sali a chance to come back in.
Lowden’s former Hawthorn teammate Matt Spangher is at least another week away.
United coach Peter Sheehan said he was hoping for an improved effort to match the Dogs’ intensity.
‘‘Both sides have changed a lot since then, we’ve both had injury problems, so the game will be a little bit different,’’ Sheehan said.
‘‘The effort was good from the guys (against Mansfield) last week and we’re hoping if we can improve on that we’ll be in with a good show.’’