Bulldogs throw Sibosado a lifeline
South Fremantle are poised to come to the rescue of de-listed Docker Casey Sibosado by signing him as early as today.
Sibosado, 21, completed his first training session with the Bulldogs on Wednesday night and is set to be cleared by his original club, Claremont, for a fee of about $5000.
South Fremantle’s football affairs committee is likely to approve Sibosado’s signing today and expect he will be fit to play by early next month.
While South Fremantle will probably have to move veteran Chris Bossong to the long-term injury list to make room for Sibosado, football manager Garry Davidson was confident the former Fremantle rookie would have an impact for his new club.
“It’ll take him a good month to get himself close to being right to play but he’s prepared to do all that and made all the right noises to us about the extra training load he’ll undertake,” Davidson said.
The South Fremantle lifeline will be a relief for Sibosado, who was considering playing country football when it appeared he would not be able to resume his WAFL career because of his high points value.
Sibosado spent three seasons as a Fremantle rookie, but his points value soared to the highest level because he played in their final match last season when he was upgraded in the midst of an unprecedented injury crisis. That lifted his WAFL value from eight to 12 points.
While Claremont were the only club to support Perth’s bid to deem Sibosado an eight-point player, the Demons decided against retaining him within their 130-point quota when the WA Football Commission refused to reduce his 12-point value.
Sibosado joined Perth in 2009, where he played 30 matches after being shifted by the Dockers when Claremont would not guarantee him a permanent league place.
He had wanted to stay at Perth and they were keen to have him.
Davidson said South were comfortable with Sibosado’s ambitions.
“Clearly he’s missed out on a pre-season and he’s got a bit of time to make up, and we discussed how to do that, what sort of training program we’d put in place to bring him up to speed or whether he’s willing to do that,” he said. “All the discussion was pretty positive.”
Davidson said Sibosado appeared to have kept himself in shape in his time out of football.
“He’s got a labouring job, so he’s been on the tools a bit,” he said.
Meanwhile, scans have cleared Toby McGrath of any major damage to his left knee.
It had been feared that McGrath might have torn a medial ligament after having his legs taken out from under him during the third quarter of Souths’ 23-point loss to Swan Districts last Monday.
The 31-year-old returned to play out the final quarter deep in attack, but appeared under duress.
Both McGrath and ruckman Sean Tighe (corked leg) trained on Wednesday to press their cases for selection in the team to play Claremont at Fremantle Oval on Sunday.