Greater Western Victoria Rebels have been dealt a cruel blow with star player Tom Berry set to miss the rest of the season with a scaphoid injury.
The wrist injury will not only hurt the side’s chances for the remainder of the TAC Cup season, but it brings an end to his opportunities to showcase his talents to AFL recruiters who have had a close eye on the highly-rated Berry.
Berry has just come off a stint with Vic Country in the national under-18 championships. He is a product of the Wimmera league’s Horsham Saints.
Berry said he had surgery on Saturday which went well and that he would be focusing on fitness for the rest of the year.
“I have a fracture and a bit of ligament damage in my wrist – it’s a bit unfortunate but that comes with the game,” he said.
“I had surgery and that went well and I’m feeling good. The surgeons said it went all smoothly.
“I’ll have a week’s rest and then come out of a half-cast and probably get back into some running training and keep the fitness up.”
Berry said he hoped the injury would not hurt his chances at being picked up in the AFL draft.
“Hopefully if I get invited to the combine I can test well,” he said.
“I won’t be able to play anymore so I’ll just focus on the next stage.
“I’ll try and stay involved with the Rebels and try and help out as much as possible.
“You never really know what the recruiters are thinking and hopefully I haven’t done too much damage to my AFL hopes.”