Fantasy News Today: 21 February, 2019

Ikon Park was centre stage for Carlton & Hawthorn today, the noise surrounding Sam Walsh is real after an outstanding performance albeit in a practice match.

Michael Gibbons has been all the rage as a bottom priced rookie, he attended a good number of centre bounces today.

Game Notes: Carlton v Hawthorn

Those that currently have Dan Hannebery should start to plan without him just in case he doesn’t play Round 1, Alan Richardson gave the latest update today on the possibility he may not make the season opener.

“He’ll be touch & go for Round 1.. if he was to have no interruption he’d be a chance” Alan Richardson on Dan Hannebery via @SportsdayWA.

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Billy Longer is expected to miss the start of the season for St Kilda, he is recovering from a hamstring injury.

Paddy McCartin has slimmed down this pre-season, hopefully he can impact for a sustained period of time in 2019.

“I’m probably the fittest I’ve been” Paddy McCartin via @1116sen.

Josh Battle appears set for a defensive role early in the season, Jake Carlisle is a long way off starting his 2019 campaign.

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Dan Hannebery

Confirmation that Scott Lycett will assume the No.1 Ruck role at Port Adelaide, Charlie Dixon won’t return for some time & Paddy Ryder looks set for prolonged periods in the forward line.

“I’ve been training as a forward all pre-season.. I’ll have my time in the ruck, but obviously with big Scotty (Lycett) coming in, he can do a lot of work in there” Paddy Ryder via @Lee_Gaskin1.

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Zach Merrett was back on deck today, he is nearly 5 weeks post his ankle injury.

Zach Merrett briefly took part in match sim at Essendon this morning. Was solid via @petryan.

Power Rankings: February, 2019

Josh Corbett has undergone minor knee surgery, the aim is still for Corbett to be available Round 1. He is certainly worth monitoring in the lead up to the season opener.

Corey Ellis is close to a return to pre-season training, he underwent groin surgery just prior to Christmas via @MichaelWhiting.

Chris Masten is on a modified program due to a corked calf, he has had an interrupted pre-season battling minor hamstring and adductor complaints via @TravisKing.

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