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Injury blow for Cousins

James Cousins receives his AFL guernsey prior to his debut earlier this season. Debutant James Cousins has gone from rookie to preparing to play his first AFL match in 24 hours and Ben McEvoy was on hand to present him with his guernsey in Sydney on Thursday night.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 9: James Cousins of the Hawks celebrates during the Hawthorn Hawks indoor training session at the Ricoh Centre, Waverley Park on June 9, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Cousins has impressed since arriving at the club via last year's Rookie Draft.

Hawthorn youngster James Cousins will likely miss the remainder of the season after injuring his shoulder in Box Hill’s Round 12 loss to Williamtown. 

The injury occurred in the early stages of the clash, however Cousins played out the four quarters and still managed to make an impact, collecting 24 touches and booting one goal.

GM-Football Operations Jason Burt was impressed by the young midfielder’s resolve.

“Cuz managed to play out the rest of the game, which is a testament to his toughness and determination to help the team,” said Burt. 

“Unfortunately, he’s going to have surgery on that shoulder, and he will miss a chunk of the season.

“He’s a great kid and a promising footballer, so we want to make sure his body is 100 per cent right going forward.”

The young midfielder has had a strong start with the club. Selected with Pick 46 in last year’s Rookie Draft, consistent performances for Box Hill saw Cousins elevated to Hawthorn’s senior list for a Round 10 debut. He has since strung together three AFL games, and is continually listed among the top ball-getters at VFL level.

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