Collingwood premiership defender Brayden Maynard will have a delayed start to his AFL pre-season as he recovers from shoulder surgery.
The combative left-footer underwent surgery on his right shoulder in the past week, 12 months after he went under the knife for his left shoulder.
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Maynard now won’t return to full training until early next year after a delayed decision to operate.
The 27-year-old will participate in non-contact training until at least January as he prepares to take part in Collingwood’s premiership defence.
If all goes to plan, Maynard should still line up for the Pies in next season’s Opening Round on March 9.
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Brayden Maynard will miss the start of preseason training. Credit: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
But while Maynard has been recovering from shoulder surgery, his skipper Darcy Moore has been spending his off-season in the spotlight.
The premiership captain Darcy Moore has wowed fans with a series of stunning photos from last Wednesday night’s ARIA Awards at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion.
Moore stepped out with new partner Dee Salmin, who is a Triple J broadcaster, best known for her relationship radio show The Hook Up.
He also made a guest appearance on Triple J’s Friday afternoon talk show, The Shakeup, last week.
Moore and Salmin first sparked dating rumours in August when they were seen together in Melbourne at the opening night of Moulin Rouge.
Their relationship soon became official with their appearance at the AFL’s Brownlow Medal event on the Monday before the grand final.
Along with the eye-popping red carpet pic of himself and Salmin, Moore sent fans into a spin by posting on Instagram a series of photos from inside the event.
Darcy and Dee dazzled on the ARIA red carpet. Credit: Getty ImagesChantelle Otten and Dylan Alcott with Darcy and Dee. Credit: Instagram
Moore was photographed with well-known sexologist Chantelle Otten and Australian wheelchair tennis champion Dylan Alcott, and married couple Chrishell Stause and G Flip.
Stause is a famous actress and real estate agent, known for her Netflix reality TV show Selling Sunset, which is about the elite and cut-throat real estate market in the Los Angeles.
She has also appeared on America’s Dancing With The Stars and famous soap operas The Young and The Restless and Days of Our Lives.
G Flip is popular Australian singer and was nominated for six ARIA Awards (they won two: best Australian live act and best video).
G Flip is also a Collingwood superfan and has been previously photographed in the rooms after Collingwood games, as well as at AFLW events.
G Flip is a Collingwood superfan. Credit: InstagramChrishell Stause, G Flip and Darcy Moore have a laugh at the ARIAs. Credit: Instagram
Moore drew praise this year after being tasked with the intimidating job of filling Scott Pendlebury’s shoes as Collingwood captain.
He did so with eloquence, class and sensitivity, always providing rare insight when speaking to media and fans.