THROUGH pre-season and into the first eight rounds of the year, a lot has been made of our injury list, which has been quite extensive.
We obviously know that we�re not going to see Mitch Brown or Eric Mackenzie this year and that�s incredibly disappointing.
As teammates you hurt for them because you know how much work they have done to prepare for the season.
Aside from Eric and Browny, we have also been without Scott Selwood and Jack Darling.
Then Simon Tunbridge suffered a serious ankle injury and a few of the young blokes � Murray Newman, Damien Cavka and Tom Lamb � have all spent most of the season in the rehab group, recovering from injuries.
Unfortunately it’s part of football and you feel for them.
It has created an opportunity for some of the younger guys and they could hardly have been more impressive.
Coach Adam Simpson used his postmatch media conference after our St Kilda win last week to campaign for first-year midfielder Liam Duggan to be nominated as the Rising Star for round eight.
We all want that to happen because we reckon he deserves the recognition.
I was on the end of some lace-out passes from Duggo and I am going to enjoy playing in front of him for a long time.
He has become an important part of a midfield unit, which is really doing a great job.
With the backs and mids doing their thing so well, it�s made life a bit easy for those of us playing forward.