Former No.1 draft pick Paddy McCartin could find himself back on the sidelines following a sickening hit on the weekend.

Paddy McCartin could find himself back on the sidelines after the former No.1 draft pick appeared to strike Geelong’s Aaron Black during a VFL clash on the weekend.

McCartin, who joined the Sydney Swans’ VFL side this year, could receive a lengthy ban after he was involved in a physical confrontation on the field with Black, which left the Geelong captain struggling to stay on his feet after receiving a swipe to the jaw.

Black avoided a concussion but suffered a swollen jaw. The incident is currently being reviewed by the AFL’s match review team, according to a Fox Sports report.

The Cats went on to defeat the Swans 64-60 in their VFL encounter at Tramway Oval.

It’s hoped for McCartin that season 2021 will be his redemption story after the Swans handed him a lifeline to continue his career with their second-tier side this year.

The 25-year-old’s return to football comes after he was delisted by former club St Kilda at the end of the 2019 season.

The former St Kilda forward’s five-year stay at the Saints was riddled with concussions, which saw him feature in just 35 games for the club. He suffered a total of eight concussions during his stint with the Saints.

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