Scrimshaw keen to be thrown in deep end
DEBUTANT Jack Scrimshaw is bracing for an initiation of fire in an understrength Gold Coast Suns defence against the Bulldogs in Cairns today, with Rory Thompson expected to be a late withdrawal.
Scrimshaw came into the side to replace co- captain Steven May but now finds himself holding down a key role in a gutted defence, with Thompson suffering a back injury.
“They are very big shoes to fill but I’m quite confident I will be able to play my role and do what’s best for the team,’’ Scrimshaw said.
Emergency Keegan Brooksby trained in defence at a light run at Cazaly’s late yesterday. The last time Brooksby got a call- up for Thompson was in China when the fullback pulled up lame during the warm- up.
That day Brooksy was already scoffing a pie in a corporate function when he received the urgent summons to kit- up to take on Port Adelaide.
This time it appears Thompson did not even make the flight to Cairns.
Scrimshaw has had to watch other top 10 picks Ben Ainsworth ( 4), Will Brodie ( 9) and Jack Bowes make their debuts. Even speculative academy pick Brad Scheer ( 67) got a start before him.
He admits it motivated him to add the missing elements to his game in the NEAFL, accepting that when he arrived at the club, he wasn’t ready for senior action.
“It has made me a lot more motivated I guess to work my craft in the NEAFL and build up,” he said. “But yeah, look, I knew probably at the time when they were all debuting, I felt I wasn’t ready. Now I feel like I am ready.”
Scrimshaw has a probing left foot much like May and is considered a creative ball user.
Suns coach Rodney Eade said there were similarities with May. “His kicking ability, his ability in the air and for a guy who is as tall as he is, he has got very good lateral movement,” Eade said.