Injury blow for dedicated Roo

South Colac footballer Sam Hudgell is set to miss the entire 2018 season after rupturing his ACL.

An “innocuous incident” during a pre-season training drill has ended South Colac footballer Sam Hudgell’s 2018 season before it even started.

Roos coach Josh Black said the club recently learnt the news that the committed footballer had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in a knee.

Black said the outcome was devastating for Hudgell, who consolidated his spot in the senor side last year.

The former South junior has played 22 senior games since returning to the club in 2016, with 20 of those outings coming last season when he booted 18 goals playing across the midfield and in attack.

Black said Hudgell’s setback was the only sour note during South’s pre-season campaign.

The club bolstered its list with the inclusion of new playing-coach Black, and returning footballers Jamie Armstrong, Joel Menzies and Ben Lynch.

“The only bad news we’ve had is that Sammy Hudgell has done his ACL,” Black said.

“He injured it a couple of weeks before Christmas and got the news over the new year’s break, which is a real shame because he was eager to have a good crack at it this year.

“It was just an innocuous incident during a handball drill.

“I had a pretty important role in mind for him as well, and there’s more to it than footy that he’ll have to go through.”

Black said Hudgell’s mindset after learning the extent of his injury was uplifting for his teammates, with the 27-year-old eager to contribute to the club in an off-field capacity in 2018.

“His attitude has been pretty awesome,” he said.

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