Hawthorn players are standing by teammate Dayle Garlett. Photo: Paul JeffersHawthorn’s players were doing what they could to help teammate Dayle Garlett as he battles with the demands of football and shelves plans to play AFL for the foreseeable future, full-forward Jarryd Roughead said.
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Garlett will not play for the VFL or AFL side indefinitely after confiding to coach Alastair Clarkson and football manager Chris Fagan that he was battling with the demands of the footballer’s life since moving from WA.

In a group text message to friends late last week he revealed his conflicted thoughts, saying he loved AFL but was homesick and uncertain if he could stick at the game, saying he did not think it was ”my thing” and that he was ”thinking about quitting football”.

Roughead said on Sunday at the club’s family day that the Hawks players had rallied around to support their teammate and ease his transition to AFL life.

Roughead said the fact Garlett had gone to the club with his concerns and, in consultation with the club’s welfare officer and psychologist, had come up with a plan was proof of his commitment and maturity. ”It shows how good a kid he is, the way that he’s been able to talk to not only ‘Clarko’ and ‘Fages’ but some of the boys as well,” Roughead said.

”He’s been able to open up and say that he’s struggling a little bit. But he’s come to a great place in Hawthorn and we’ll get around him, for sure.”

Roughead said the difficulty of the move from Perth to Melbourne for the 20-year-old should not be underestimated.

”It’s a pretty big move,” Roughead said. ”So all of us are getting round him and helping him as best as we can.”

While Garlett’s debut in Hawthorn’s forward line has been put on the backburner, Roughead is bullish about the reigning premiers’ ability to kick a winning score without dual premiership player Lance Franklin.

Hawthorn expects Ryan Schoenmakers, who is coming back from a knee reconstruction, to return ”in the next couple of weeks”.

”He looks like a Greek Adonis at the moment, the way he’s just running around and moving,” Roughead said.

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