Hamstring setback for aspiring Blue

Former Western Bulldog utility Lukas Webb has had a setback in his bid to join the Blues during the pre-season supplemental selection period, after suffering a hamstring injury.

The 23-year-old left the ground late in Thursday’s practice match against Collingwood as he was attempting to show his wares to the Blues, having trained with the club since November, and he was later found to have suffered a significant hamstring injury.

Former Bulldog Lukas Webb has been training with the Blues, in the hope of gaining on spot on their list.Credit:Joe Armao

The Blues are considering using a pre-season supplemental selection pick on either Webb, former Tiger Callum Moore, former Cat Jordan Cunico or former Northern Knights utility Ryan Sturgess before the deadline closes on March 13 and are yet to make their mind up with more than two weeks remaining before the deadline.

Moore and Cunico only joined the race recently with Cunico signing with the Northern Blues to play VFL in 2020.

Webb played 24 matches in five seasons with the Bulldogs with the popular utility showing his resilience after suffering a serious neck injury during his time at Whitten Oval.

The Blues head to Western Australia this week to take on Fremantle with decisions on who will make the trip expected to be made after a training session on Wednesday afternoon.

There are several clubs still considering selecting a player during the pre-season supplemental selection period with Hawthorn considering Darren Minchington, Essendon considering Nigel Lockyer, Brynne Teakle and Nathan Ireland, while the Eagles have had Brady Grey, Jamaine Jones and Nic Reid.

Clubs must pay players who train as potential SSP picks $1000 per week and they are eligible to play in the Marsh Community Series.

Melbourne have already added Harley Bennell and Mitch Brown via the SSP and Essendon have added Jacob Townsend.

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