Marcus Adams is set to miss the start of the season following knee surgery. Picture: Getty
Marcus Adams is set to miss the start of the season following knee surgery. Picture: Getty

Prized Lions recruit undergoes secret surgery

FORMER Western Bulldog Marcus Adams will miss the start of the season with the defender's injury curse following him to Brisbane.

It can be revealed Adams, 25, was whisked in for secret knee surgery last month and is still struggling with soreness.

While a return date remains unclear, the prized recruit is unlikely to be fit by the end of March and would then be expected to slowly make a return through the NEAFL.

Adams suffered injuries to both feet and a shoulder at the Bulldogs but was never troubled by knee problems.

At his best Adams is a brilliant intercept mark and capable forward target who burst onto the scene after he was drafted out of the WAFL in 2015.

 

But the luckless swingman missed 40 out of his final 56 games at the Dogs, including the club's 2016 premiership.

The West Australian sought a fresh start and was traded to the Lions for pick 32 in last year's draft and Hawthorn's third-round pick in this year's draft.

Adams and Lachie Neale joined Brisbane during the trade period at the end of last year. Picture: Getty
Adams and Lachie Neale joined Brisbane during the trade period at the end of last year. Picture: Getty

The loss of Adams would stretch Brisbane's backline in the early rounds should coach Chris Fagan persist with playing Harris Andrews forward.

Brisbane is set to come up against West Coast's twin goal-kicking towers Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling at the Gabba in Round 1.

Darling booted 4.3 against the Lions in Round 23 last year while Kennedy has kicked 26.12 from his past five games against Brisbane.

Kennedy, 31, had shoulder surgery in the off-season but hopes to be fit for the start of the season.

The Lions also face a selection dilemma in the ruck.

Unheralded big man Archie Smith has enjoyed a brilliant pre-season and is on the verge of overtaking best-and-fairest winner Stefan Martin.

Archie Smith is firming as a ruck option.
Archie Smith is firming as a ruck option. Lions Media

While Martin remains the better prospect around the ground, Smith is growing into a fine tap ruckman and has honed his chemistry with the refurbished midfield all summer.

Smith, 23, played the last of his nine AFL games in 2017 but looked promising in Sunday's pre-season win against Hawthorn.

Martin played in Saturday's 43-point NEAFL scratch match win against Aspley.

Former Melbourne teammate Max Gawn believes the new ruck rules will suit ruckmen with brute strength such as Martin.

News Corp Australia


Dog registration numbers soar after council crackdown

premium_icon Dog registration numbers soar after council crackdown

Registration numbers have increased after a major campaign

Team prepares for rescues after man saved off Fraser Island

premium_icon Team prepares for rescues after man saved off Fraser Island

Pilot Tony Miller said the exercise was invaluable to rescuers.

SEX ASSAULT CHARGE: Patient says doctor test turned sinister

premium_icon SEX ASSAULT CHARGE: Patient says doctor test turned sinister

Patient describes alleged sexual assault by Bay doctor