Anderson suspended

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Frank Anderson has been handed a two-match suspension for a dangerous tackle. (PHOTO CREDIT: Rose Zarucky)

FRANK Anderson will be unavailable for selection after accepting a two-match suspension.

Anderson was cited for a dangerous tackle on North Melbourne’s Bailey Scott in the second quarter of Sunday’s game.

The grading was judged as careless conduct, high contact and high impact, bringing about a three-match ban.

It was reduced to two matches with an early guilty plea.

However, with the bye to come this weekend, it means Anderson won’t be available for selection until the first week of June.

It’s a blow for the Blues and the midfielder, with the in-form Anderson putting together an impressive string of performances in his first year in the VFL.

A star of the Eastern Football League, Anderson drew the praise of his coach a fortnight ago for his commitment and buy-in to his new club.

The 21-year-old averaged over 20 disposals in his first three matches, before producing a shutdown role on North Melbourne’s Aaron Hall (13 disposals) to maximum effect on the weekend.

The first game where he will be eligible for selection will be against Essendon on Sunday 2 June at Windy Hill. Anderson is a leading contender to be taken in the AFL’s Mid-Season Draft.