Mental health issue sidelines Giant

Mental health issue sidelines Giant

GREATER Western Sydney big man Tom Downie has been placed on the long-term injury list as he takes time away from the game to deal with a mental health issue.

The decision has been made in consultation with Downie and his family, as well as his management and the AFLPA.

“Tom’s been dealing with a mental health issue for a number of months and the club is doing everything possible to support him,” Campbell said. 

“Tom’s welfare is our priority and those closest to him all agree that the best course of action is for him to step away from the game. 

“Tom’s a very popular member of our playing group and he’s got the full support of the club.”

Originally from Benalla, Downie, who has played nine AFL games, joined the Giants with pick No.56 in the 2011 National Draft.

MEANWHILE, an ankle injury suffered by Essendon young gun Jayden Laverde will sideline him until at least the mid-season bye.

Laverde needs surgery on the ankle he damaged in the JLT Community Series loss to Geelong in Bendigo on Sunday.

“It’s obviously disappointing for Jayden to have this setback on the eve of the season,” High Performance manager Justin Crow said.

“After seeking a specialist opinion we have decided that surgical repair is the best long term option for Jayden in this instance.

“All going well, we will be hoping to see Jayden back playing football soon after the mid-season bye ”

If you or someone you know needs help call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.beyondblue.org.au

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