Troubled youngster Dayle Garlett’s career is hanging by a thread after he informed Hawthorn that he was struggling to handle his maiden AFL pre-season.
Garlett, taken by the Hawks with the 38th %selection in last year’s national draft, will continue to train with the club, but will not be available for selection at either AFL level or with VFL club Box Hill.
The 20-year-old forward has not been selected for Hawthorn’s opening two NAB Challenge wins, amid claims the leadership group has challenged him about his lack of professionalism and willingness to buy into the club’s culture.
“Dayle popped in to see Clarko and myself and during that meeting really expressed some %worries and concerns about his professionalism at the moment and why he’s not reaching the standards we expect here at Hawthorn,” Hawthorn football operations general manager Chris Fagan told the club’s website.
“It was a really honest conversation that he had with us and as a result of that, after Clarko and I talked to Jason Burt our welfare officer, we’ve decided that Dayle needs a little bit more time before he plays a game … we want to help him overcome some of the anxieties he’s got.
“For the time being, he’ll be training, but he certainly won’t be playing games until he feels like he’s ready to go. We can now come up with a program that best suits his needs.”