Scrimshaw keen to be thrown in deep end

Townsville Bulletin - - AFL - AN­DREW HAMIL­TON

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.

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