MATT Rosa’s timing to put pen to paper for a contract extension with West Coast Eagles could hardly have been better timed.
He re-signed early last week for another two years to rule himself out of unrestricted free agency at the end this season.
Then, at the weekend, his season came to an abrupt end.
Rosa tore his right pectoral tendon tear against Sydney Swans on Sunday – an injury which requires surgery.
While it is a disappointing end to the season for the former Warrack Eagles and North Ballarat Rebels player, Rosa has the assurance going into rehabilitation and another pre-season of exactly where his future is.
It is not so clear for Hawthorn veteran Brad Sewell.
The two-time premiership field is set to miss three to four weeks after straining a hamstring in the opening minutes against North Melbourne on Friday night.
This is the last thing Sewell wanted.
A hamstring injury kept him out of the Hawthorn line-up for the first eight rounds – the last thing the 30-year-old needed at this stage of his distinguished career.
Sewell was in his seventh game back for the Hawks’ clash with the Kangaroos.
And after a not unexpected slow start, Sewell was just beginning to produce something like his best on a consistent basis, with 29, 26 and 22 possessions in consecutive matches.
He had time to get two touches only before taking the red vest.
Although only a low-grade tear, Sewell faces another testing time not only to get fit again, but to then force his way back into the line-up.
Sewell has played 197 games for the Hawks.
Reaching 200 would cap off a great career, but it could be tight reaching the milestone this season.
The Hawks have just seven home-and-away rounds remaining.