Mather future up in the air

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Updated: January 8, 2016
Jarrod Mather is still undecided about his playing future. Picture: VICKI KING

Jarrod Mather is still undecided about his playing future. Picture: VICKI KING

Jarrod Mather is still undecided about his playing future. Picture: VICKI KING

TORQUAY midfielder Jarrod Mather’s footballing future remains up in the air as he considers whether to play on in 2016.

The former Werribee star needed emergency surgery for a dislocated vocal cord and a blood clot in his throat the day after the Tigers’ grand final loss to Geelong Amateur.

Ammos veteran Baden Dodd was suspended for eight weeks despite pleading not guilty to the incident, which was reduced to six weeks on appeal in November.

Mather, who went into the decider with a knee issue that kept him out of the preliminary final win over Barwon Heads, was suspended for one week for striking Dodd in the lead-up.

“He hasn’t been able to do a hell of a lot outside of jogging at a slow pace,” coach Dom Gleeson told K rock Football.com.au

“He’s still having trouble with his injuries, but he’s getting through that.

“Mentally, he’d like to play – it’s just up to the physical side of it whether he can.

“He is get pressure from elsewhere, in terms of friends and family, to maybe pull up stumps and focus on (his) career.

“We’re holding out hope, but I wouldn’t put my house on he’d play.”

TIGERS ADD EXPERIENCE

Gleeson said if Mather decides not to play it would be a major blow not only to the Tigers, but also the competition, amid claims the introduction of the points system and salary cap is making it hard to attract players.

“It’d be sad to see him go, and on the back of that we might be only able to retain Sam Wormald for another year purely because they were two best mates coming down to play with each other,” he said.

“There’s pro and cons to the system coming in, and I think we’ve just got to play it out, and play by the rules, and see how it goes.

“I am concerned about the decline in level of quality of games.

“That’s my personal view. There’s more powerful people making the decision on this.

“They’ve obviously seen the fruits of it somewhere, so let’s hope it really works for the BFL.

“It has been a very difficult summer, and a long summer, to try and recruit players.

“You almost don’t go for the best player, you go for someone that’s going to suit you points system and then your salary cap, and hopefully they fit in.”

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