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Bulldogs premiership skipper’s nervous wait after ankle injury in VFL

Impey’s absence has opened the way for top 10 draft pick Denver Grainger-Barras to make his debut with the Hawks deciding to start club champion Shaun Burgoyne as the medical sub in his 399th game.

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Clarkson said while no-one wants to be the medical sub, Burgoyne was happy to take his turn with the club also conscious the veteran may face a six-day break ahead of his 400th with the Hawks playing the Giants this Sunday.

“He’s actually a really good medical sub, to be fair, because he can play all positions on the ground outside of ruck,” Clarkson said.

“We want to look after him a little bit in terms of the preparation for that game. It is a significant milestone…someone has to play that role for us.

“We are always looking for someone that actually needs a little bit of a rest and on a six-day break leading into next week we thought Shaun was the appropriate one this week.”

Burgoyne made his debut in 2002, three days before Grainger-Barras was born.

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