POTENTIAL top South Australian draft prospects Darcy Fogarty and Callum Coleman-Jones have been ruled out for the season, with the pair both requiring knee surgery.
Fogarty begun the season as a contender for the No.1 pick after showing promise as bottom-ager for South Australia in the 2016 NAB AFL Under 18 Championships, but struggled in the recent carnival which concluded earlier this month.
The Glenelg forward had showed some signs pinch hitting in the midfield and was even trialled in defence, but finished the carnival averaging just 11 disposals at 82 per cent efficiency.
Fogarty carried a small complaint throughout the carnival, but pushed through and the surgery now required on a small meniscus tear will end his season. Fogarty had played for Glenelg Reserves on the weekend, collecting eight disposals and four inside 50s in their 34-point loss to Port Adelaide Magpies.
Recruiters will be left pondering as to where Fogarty’s best position will be at the next level, with 192cm utility yet to find a clear best position throughout his draft year.
Coleman-Jones will also miss the remainder of the season, with the tall undergoing knee surgery to solve a patella issue.
The South Australian Under 18 captain averaged 19 hit outs and 17 disposals during the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships, showing off his strong contested marking ability – averaging two per game.
Coleman-Jones’ superb carnival saw him named in the All-Australian side, playing predominantly as a ruckman who can push forward.
Fogarty and Coleman-Jones were two of eight South Australian’s selected to partake in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft Combine.
In 2016, Alex Witherden (Brisbane Lions) and Jy Simpkin (North Melbourne) both suffered season ending broken leg injuries in their draft year, with the pair showing good signs in their first season of AFL football.