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Dockers mystified as budding star Cam McCarthy hospitalised after collapsing at training

McCarthy has had a big and extended pre-season and carries high hopes of securing a permanent spot on the Dockers wing in 2020.

Longmuir said the Giants recruit was in good spirits when they spoke before training and was able to walk to the ambulance after collapsing.

“I’m not a doctor … it was the doctor’s recommendation he go to hospital and get checked out,” Longmuir said.

“As we know there’s a lot of things that can lead to this, so we’ll hear shortly … he’s being well looked after now.

“It’s obviously not a good thing seeing someone collapse, the players being around that as well.

“My understanding is this is the first time something like this has happened to Cam.”

The rookie coach did not want to speculate on the AFL future of McCarthy, who was in the final season of a four-year contract with the club where he has played 48 games for 63 goals after managing just 21 outings and 36 goals in three years at GWS.

“Clearly at the moment our mind is on Cam’s health and wellbeing,” Longmuir said, adding the results of his tests would determine whether he travelled with the Dockers to the Gold Coast for their first four games of the revamped AFL season.

“We’ll work out what that means for the hub going forward after we get the medical recommendation … we hope to get that in the next day or two.

“Let’s wait to see what caused the collapse. Let’s not rush off and make too many decisions on his future and those things, let’s make sure he’s right now.”

Fremantle’s other star forward recruit, Jesse Hogan, was also a chance to resume in round two against the Lions at the Gabba next Saturday after a recurrence of his navicular injury mid-season last year.

Jesse Hogan will head to the Queensland AFL hub with the Dockers.

Jesse Hogan will head to the Queensland AFL hub with the Dockers.Credit:Getty Images

“He’s still only done 20 minutes of match simulation in a year, we still need to tick a few boxes with Jesse,” Longmuir said.

“We have to make sure Jesse is resilient enough to be able to handle 15, 16 games of footy, not only this year but in the years going forward.

“I’m really confident in Jesse’s footy IQ that he can pick up our game plan really quick and adapt with his role.

“There’s no doubt his footy IQ is up there with the best we’ve got.”

Another key pillar of Freo’s forward line, Matt Taberner, had responded well to treatment for a lower back injury and was also on track for round two.

“There’s the likelihood he’ll join in some training on Friday, he’s an optimistic guy,” Longmuir said.

Dockers football manager Peter Bell earlier said McCarthy had been training well with a small group of teammates when he “suddenly collapsed on the ground”.

“He was immediately assessed by our medical staff and an ambulance was called,” Bell said.

The Dockers are due to fly out to Queensland early next week ahead of the clash against the Lions, one of the premiership favourites for 2020.

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