Geelong defender Jake Kolodjashnij admits to feeling uneasy about his twin brother Kade’s ongoing side effects from several recent concussions.
Kade missed the final 10 weeks of last season due to three significant head clashes but lined up for Gold Coast in the opening four rounds of 2018.
However, the 22-year-old received another knock playing for the Suns’ NEAFL side in April and was withdrawn from playing on the weekend for health reasons relating to concussion.
“It's been an up and down ride for Kade because he was going really well in the early stages (of his AFL career), and then he had some minor hits, and because of his (injury) history, it's really upsetting his head," Jake told RSN radio in Tuesday.
“He got ruled out last week when he was going to play NEAFL, and he's about to see a specialist in Melbourne today, so I'm going to catch up with him to see where he's at with his head.
“Fingers crossed it all goes well for him, but there might be some conversations on where he's at (with his concussions).
“I think (it's affecting his confidence) to be honest, because it's a pretty serious conversation and you don't want to muck around with the head.
“The helmet did help when he did come back with working into the contest and going back with the flight.
“Hopefully he can come back next year after a pretty tough situation.”
Hopefully he can come back next year after a pretty tough situation.Jake Kolodjashnij
The Kolodjashnij brothers were both drafted from Launceston Football Club in 2013 with Kade going at number five and Jake being recruited by the Cats with pick 41.
Kade has played 74 matches, while Jake has donned the blue and white hoops on 58 occasions and has this year become a pillar down back for Geelong.