Queenslander Sam Reid’s 2010 AFL season has ended in the same game as it began

Wednesday, 7 July, 2010

Queenslander Sam Reid’s 2010 AFL season has ended in the same game as it began.

Reid was ruled out for the rest of the season today after undergoing surgery on one of the shoulders he injured in the Western Bulldogs’ hard-fought loss to Hawthorn last Friday night.

It was the 20-year-old Sunshine Coaster’s first AFL game of the year following off-season groin surgery and the off-season discovery that he was a type 1 diabetic.

The AFL website reports today that Reid suffered a dead arm on his right side early in the game against the Hawks but was forced from the field later on when he tore ligaments and muscle in his left shoulder.

“He was in a real lot of pain after the game and there were concerns it might be structural. We thought he may have hurt the rotator cuff or fractured the collarbone,” Bulldogs general manager of football James Fantasia told

“We got x-rays and that’s as good as the news got from there. He didn’t have any structural damage but an MRI determined problems with his muscles and ligaments and he’ll require surgery to restitch some of those muscle tendons.

“It’s a six to eight-week injury. We think the ruling him out [for the season] is the best way because we can get [the surgery] out of the way and he can get himself ready for a full pre-season.

“He was really comfortable with that. He felt it was the best option for him so he can get on with the rehab almost straight away.”

Reid, a 2007 Australia Post Queensland U18 representative drafted by the Bulldogs at No.35 in the 2007 AFL National Draft, has now played six AFL games in three years with the Dogs.

He played one AFL game in 2008, four games late in the 2009 season before he was cut down by injury, and now just one again in 2010 after he’d played six VFL games learning to handle the requirements of his diabetes while playing.

But he remains very highly rated by club officials, and will be given every chance next year to consolidate the regular senior berth he is chasing.

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