Early season blow for Bombers as Peter Wright goes down at training

Key points

  • Peter Wright will miss round one after sustaining a right shoulder dislocation in a training drill.
  • The Bombers’ reigning club champion kicked a career-best 53 goals last season.
  • Wright signed a four-year contract extension this week as reward for his breakout season.

Essendon’s re-signed club champion Peter Wright is out of Sunday’s round one clash with Hawthorn – and possibly well beyond that – in a major blow after suffering a dislocated shoulder at training on Friday.

The Age revealed earlier in the day that Wright had inked a fresh four-year deal, after kicking a career-best 53 goals last year and winning the best and fairest to cap his resurgence after being traded from Gold Coast at the end of 2020.

Peter Wright will be a major loss for Essendon after being ruled out of the round-one match with a shoulder injury.Credit:AFL Photos via Getty

Wright was due to be out of contract at season’s end, but the Bombers made sure to lock in a deal for the 203-centimetre key forward, who has quickly become crucial to their fortunes.

The 26-year-old suffered the right shoulder injury in a training drill early in Friday’s training session, but Essendon will know more about how long he will be out once scans come back.

Recruit Sam Weideman will suddenly be asked to carry much greater responsibility in his Essendon debut, while Harry Jones – named on an extended interchange – is also likely to play.

The Hawks are also missing their main target, with Mitch Lewis not expected to play until rounds five or six after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament sprain in January.

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