Hamilton coach may not play again

HAMILTON Kangaroos coach Jarrod Holt is uncertain he will play again this season.

Holt, who has played nine games this season, has missed the past three matches with a degenerative back complaint.

“I’ve battled with it,” Holt said.

“I’ve contemplated giving up footy several times in the past four or five years. I have this degenerative disc and I’ve had it for four or five years but now the next disc has taken a turn for the worse.

“There isn’t much you can do for it. I’ve been getting treatment, it just hasn’t felt any better in the past three or four weeks.”

Holt said he had to take a day-to-day approach with the condition. 

“I’ll be doing everything I can to play,” he said.

Holt heads a growing injury list at Melville Oval with star midfielder Tim Meulendyks suffering a suspected serious shoulder injury on Saturday, while defender Damian Logan has an ankle injury that will probably keep him out of Saturday’s early elimination final against Camperdown.

The talented Brendan Huf is under a cloud with an Achilles injury after missing Saturday’s win over South Warrnambool, while Lachlan Crawford is also battling to overcome a knee issue.

The Kangaroos, a game outside the five in seventh, must defeat sixth-placed Camperdown to keep their finals hopes alive with games against third-placed North Warrnambool Eagles and top side Warrnambool to come.

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