De Goey injury blow, Saints lock down Ratten, Lions COVID crisis calls for more players

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Jordan De Goey could miss up to three weeks with an injury sustained during Collingwood training.

The 26-year-old’s turbulent season took another turn, with scans on Friday revealing the Magpies star had suffered a sprained quadriceps, after reporting pain earlier in the week.

De Goey has since been dropped from the Pies squad to face North Melbourne this weekend and is expected to miss further games with the club planning a 2-3 week recovery period.

De Goey has enjoyed a strong start to the 2022 season but struggled on his return to the squad against Gold Coast after taking a break from the club for mental health reasons following his high-profile trip to Bali during the mid-break. season, mustering just 11 possessions.

He was replaced in the 22 Magpies by mid-season rookie Josh Carmichael, with the 22-year-old making his AFL debut.

The West Adelaide product has been in excellent form since leaving South Australia, averaging 24 surrenders in his three VFL appearances at the club.

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Saints lock in Ratten with two-year extension

St Kilda manager Brett Ratten will be at the helm for at least two more years, having put pen to paper on a contract extension.

Saints chairman Andrew Bassat confirmed in a letter to members on Friday morning that Ratten, despite speculation over his future after recent poor form, would be backed to lead the Saints to a first premiership since 1966.

“As the leader of our men’s program, Brett has gained significant buy-in from fellow coaches, staff and players,” Bassat wrote.

“In addition to his strong footballing IQ, our players value his ability to develop strong relationships, which he uses as the basis for challenging each individual to improve and play their part for the team.

“That balance and the ability to unite his coaches, players and staff in a relentless pursuit of excellence makes Brett the best person to lead us to our long-awaited second job.”

Alastair Clarkson’s presence in the market had led to suggestions the Saints would sound out the four-time premiership coach to replace his former Hawks assistant Ratten; but following Gold Coast’s decision to back coach Stuart Dew, Saints have also pledged to stay big.

Ratten took over as caretaker manager in 2019 following the departure of Alan Richardson, with a strong end to the season earning him the top job on a permanent basis.

He then steered the Saints to a first set of finals since 2011 in the COVID-hit 2020 season, ahead of a poor 2021 season.

However, despite losing three of their last four games, the Saints are well and truly back in the hunt for the finals, having beaten premiership contenders Carlton last week. They face Fremantle on Saturday night looking to move up the ranks from ninth place.

St Kilda coach Brett Ratten looks on

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COVID-hit Lions will lose star backman amid EIGHT changes

A COVID outbreak in Brisbane looks set to rule out star defender Harris Andrews from facing Essendon on Sunday afternoon.

Third-placed Lions have been hit hard by the outbreak as well as a recent bad run of injuries, with the club forced to make several changes to the squad that defeated the Western Bulldogs last week.

SEN’s Sam Edmund reports that Andrews, the Lions vice-captain, will join Keidean Coleman, Daniel McStay and Callum Ah Chee in AFL health and safety protocols.

With captain Dayne Zorko, All Australian defender Daniel Rich and midfielder Jarrod Berry all out through injury as well, Andrews’ absence would take the changes to eight.

However, the Lions are still set to defeat 16th-placed Essendon at the Gabba, which would leave them level on points with Geelong first and Melbourne second on the ladder.

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