Hawthorn large Dermott Brereton has declared that No.1 prime Jamarra Ugle-Hagan was "simply not ready" aft helium was handed his long-awaited AFL debut.
After spending the archetypal 16 rounds connected the sidelines, the Western Bulldogs yet unleashed the 19-year-old guardant aft Aaron Naughton suffered a concussion the week prior.
While Ugle-Hagan showed signs of his evident imaginable successful his side's 19-point nonaccomplishment against the Swans, helium was held goalless and finished with 7 disposals, 1 people and 1 tackle successful a quiescent outing.
While Brereton admitted that the highly-touted youngster showed signs, helium said helium had a region to spell earlier helium is simply a ascendant AFL player.
"Nobody knows amended than the coach. That lad showed immoderate signs that he's going to beryllium a precise susceptible player, but he's not ready," helium told SEN's Bob and Andy. "He's simply not ready."
"If you ever wanted to debut successful a game, there's nary casual games successful league football, but if ever you wanted to play arsenic a forward, the 1 happening you'd beryllium praying for is simply a 15-3 triumph successful centre bounce clearances.
"You'd deliberation if you were acceptable and you had your wits astir you and your assemblage is moving well, you'd deliberation you tin currency successful a bit. The lad is conscionable not acceptable yet."
With Naughton apt disposable to play successful the Bulldogs' clash against the Gold Coast connected Saturday afternoon, the question is whether Ugle-Hagan volition person a 2nd game, and Brereton suggested that the teen would beryllium amended served going backmost to the VFL.
"He's had a sensation of it now, helium knows the level. He'll spell backmost to the reserves and beryllium a amended player," helium said.
"He had an assortment of opponents connected the play … and each of them beauteous good covered him – that goes from [Robbie] Fox, [Dane] Rampe, [Tom] McCartin.
"The champion happening helium did connected the play was bring the shot to crushed which Caleb Daniel kicked the extremity from, due to the fact that helium made interaction with McCartin, broke the contact, and was inactive capable to tally and leap astatine the footy."