Mason Fletcher is expected to miss the remainder of the 2018 TAC Cup season.
It is more bad news for the struggling Bombers with the son of Essendon great Dustin Fletcher reportedly struck down by stress fractures in his lower back, forcing him to sit out the rest of the year
The wiry defender, who has been playing TAC Cup with the Calder Cannons and school footy for Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School (PEGS), will now miss the 2018 National Championships with Vic Metro.
AFL Draft analyst Matt Balmer Tweeted the news today:
Essendon father-son prospect Mason Fletcher is set to miss the rest of the season with stress fractures. The son of Dustin is a wiry tall defender, likely to be selected as a late/rookie pick for the Bombers. #AFLDraft
— Matt Balmer (@MattBalmer7) May 15, 2018
The news was confirmed to AFL Nation by AFL.com.au draft guru and Future Stars panellist Cal Twomey.
It is a major blow for the 17-year-old Fletcher but it is still expected that he will be taken by the Bombers as a late father-son selection or even as a rookie in this year’s draft.