26/02/2024

Gold Coast skipper Jarrod Witts went down in the third term with a knee injury. Picture: goldcoastfc.com.au

The Gold Coast Suns may be without captain Jarrod Witts for a number of weeks as the ruckman sustained a knee injury in a 10 point loss to Adelaide.

In one of the most high octane games of the season, the Gold Coast Suns failed to capitalise on their plentiful scoring opportunities, extending their winless streak at Adelaide Oval to seven games.

The Suns were able to get off to a blistering start, kicking the first three goals of the game and maintaining the ball in their forward half but after 11 scoring shots to five, only managed to be in front at quarter time by six points. 

The game then became an arm wrestle and late in the third term, Suns captain Jarrod Witts succumbed to a knee injury which saw him hobble off in the hands of trainers.

After going through some running on the boundary line, Witts was deemed not fit enough to return and was handed the red vest. 

While a prognosis has not been confirmed, Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew said it could be a medial injury and one that keeps him out for several weeks. 

“Probably more just medial and or cartilage, that’s just from the visual aspect of the nature of the hit,” Dew said. 

“It’s not great, we’re obviously not sure without a scan but it’s going to be a number of weeks.

“We’ll have to get creative and work out where to from here but for now, take a breath and work out how bad it is.

“Having said that, it’s an opportunity for someone else. It’ll be Chris (Burgess) next week and then we’ll work out what we do with the secondary tall slot.”

Burgess was one of three Suns to kick multiple goals in the loss alongside medical substitute Nick Holman who bagged two goals in the last quarter and key forward Ben King who finished with four. 

King was dominant in the air against a young Adelaide defence and his conversion rate was exceptional, four straight goals coming from his six kicks.

Dew said that as much as the delivery seems to be better this year, it is King’s ability to make things happen that has been impressive.

“We’re really happy with how Ben’s going, he’s always presented well, he’s so professional, very good around the club,” he said.

“He’s really performing now and he’s playing on some good key backs and he’s hitting the scoreboard a lot.

“Our ball movement this year is probably a little bit cleaner and that’s helping Ben as well but he’s also creating opportunities for himself. 

“A lot of it is because he’s getting into the right areas and continuously showing up.”

The Suns host Carlton next week as they look to rebound from a tough 10 point loss against the Crows.

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