New pup Gar­cia taps into Libba ad­vice

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT -

WEST­ERN Bull­dogs draftee Ri­ley Gar­cia has re­vealed he has al­ready sought out the ad­vice of premier­ship mid­fielder Tom Lib­er­a­tore about re­turn­ing from a knee re­con­struc­tion.

Ar­riv­ing at Whit­ten Oval for the first time on Wed­nes­day, the West Aus­tralian teenager will miss most of next sea­son af­ter rup­tur­ing his an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment at the end of the un­der-18 na­tional cham­pi­onships this year.

Gar­cia, taken at pick No. 62 by the Bull­dogs in the na­tional draft, said he had al­ready tapped into Lib­er­a­tore’s knowl­edge about how to best tackle his knee re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Lib­er­a­tore has en­dured two re­con­struc­tions in his AFL ca­reer.

“There is a few boys — I have ob­vi­ously spo­ken to Tom Lib­er­a­tore who has done a cou­ple of knees,” Gar­cia said.

“I guess their mes­sage is be pa­tient be­cause it is a long process and don’t rush your­self which is pretty im­por­tant when you are around boys that are training ev­ery day.

“That’s the main mes­sage that I have got­ten so far.”

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