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Updated: February 16, 2016
Torquay recruit Brendan Peace has suffered a season-ending knee injury. Picture: BALLARAT COURIER

 

Torquay recruit Brendan Peace has suffered a season-ending knee injury. Picture: BALLARAT COURIER

Torquay recruit Brendan Peace has suffered a season-ending knee injury. Picture: BALLARAT COURIER

TORQUAY recruit Brendan Peace will miss the 2016 BFL season after scans revealed a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

Peace, who had joined the Tigers from Ballarat league club Redan last month along with Ballarat’s Adam Sewell, injured his knee at training on Friday night.

“A pretty innocuous sort of movement,” Torquay coach Dom Gleeson said of the incident.

“He just went the wrong way and his knee gave way.

“He wasn’t in a lot of pain, it didn’t swell up, (but) yesterday he had the MRI and it was a rupture of the ACL.”

Peace arrived at Spring Creek Reserve with an impressive football resume, which included time in the VFL with North Ballarat, the captaincy of the Ballarat country championships team and two premierships as coach of Redan.

“We’re disappointed as a club because he was a really good coup for us in regards to the leadership we were lacking,” Gleeson said.

“Now he’s going to have to do it from the sidelines.”

Gleeson is hopeful of using Peace’s experience as an assistant coaches.

“He does reside in Ballarat, so he’s restricted in the number of trainings he can get down to,” Gleeson said.

“And the last thing I want to do is put pressure on him now when he’s just getting over the shock of having to go through 12 months recovery.

“But there’ll most definitely be a spot for him.

“Even over the (training) camp weekend when he had his crook knee, he just showed so much leadership that I said to him last night it would be silly not to be involved at Torquay, and, potentially, a day might come where we tap you on the shoulder to coach the Torquay footy club.”

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