BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 11: Suns player Pearce Hanley is pressured by the defence of Charlie Cameron of the Lions during the JLT Community Series AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Brisbane Lions at Fankhauser Reserve on March 11, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Gold Coast defender Pearce Hanley will be on the sidelines for up to six weeks after dislocating his shoulder in their JLT clash with Brisbane on the weekend. 

Hanley landed awkward after sliding to prevent a goal in the fourth quarter, however scans revealed he did not require surgery from the injury. 

“It was unfortunate for him, he said he touched it initially but wasn’t sure if the umpire heard it so he went again,’’ coach Stuart Dew said.

“But I’d rather he did that and have good habits.”

“It was an unfortunate incident for Pearce on the weekend, he’s had a dislocation of his right shoulder,” General Manager of Football Operations Jon Haines said.

“The advice from the surgeons and our medical staff is a fairly conservative approach, so we expect the recovery period will take 4-6 weeks and at that time Pearce will be ready to play.”