Hanley sidelined by shoulder issue

13 March 2018 04:10:28 EST

Gold Coast Suns will go into the new AFL season without Pearce Hanley, who has been ruled out for up to six weeks.

The Irishman dislocated his shoulder in the Suns' final JLT Community Series clash against his former club Brisbane. He had scans on his right shoulder late on Monday, with the club relieved that he will at least avoid the need for surgery.

General manager of football operations Jon Haines said: "The advice from the surgeons and our medical staff is a fairly conservative approach, so we expect the recovery period will take 4-6 weeks and at that time Pearce will be ready to play."

Hanley, who joined the Suns ahead of last season following a 129-game stint with the Lions, was recruited out of Ireland after playing Gaelic football for Mayo.

Haines added there were no concerns over Jack Martin, despite him missing the victory against Brisbane with a tight hamstring.

Leaving him out as a precautionary measure, he revealed, adding: "We were planning for Jack to have some reduced minutes anyway. He's had a power of work through the pre-season, so he's really well placed."

Tall forward Peter Wright is recovering well from a calf strain and is set to be available for selection early in the season.

Meanwhile, Gary Ablett's manager Liam Pickering has declared the Brownlow Medallist will definitely play in Geelong's round one clash with Melbourne.

Ablett has been nursing a hamstring injury since his return from the Suns, but Pickering said he was 100 per cent confident he would be available for the season-opener, and had been close to selection in the four-point JLT Community Series defeat to Essendon on Saturday.

"Another two weeks on that hammy, it will be about a five-weeker. He will be fine by then," added Pickering.

Geelong are 23/20 to win their round one clash with Melbourne, who are 3/4.

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