COLAC Tigers will hope the return of Kaden Newton and Russell Whiteford will boost the team back onto the Geelong Football League winners’ list.
The two integral players will each return from injury for tomorrow’s meeting with St Albans – Newton from an injured ankle and Whiteford from a hamstring strain.
Tigers coach Matt Gibson said the players would be vital if the team was to bounce back from a loss to Newtown and Chilwell.
“Russell’s been really good for us this year giving us that focal point up forward – his workrate’s been second to none,” he said.
“And Kaden is just become a really good GFL footballer, he plays so many roles and he wins most times.”
The Tigers could lose VFL-listed players Ryan Monaghan and Jarryn McCormack to Werribee this weekend, but Gibson said the club had plenty of reserves players pushing for senior selection.
He said Jay Baulch, Alex McVilly, Dave Weiss, Lachy Simpkin and Jono Filice were all in line for selection.
Tomorrow’s match at St Albans Park shapes as a danger match for the eighth-placed Tigers, coming up against the 2-5 ninth-placed Supersaints.
“It’s going to be a tough game, if you look through their results, they’ve been competitive and possibly should have won another one or two games,” Gibson said.
“So we’ll make sure we’re prepared and switched on,” he said.
Gibson pinpointed St Albans forward recruit Alex McLeod, who has kicked 24 goals this season, as a player his team would need to restrict.
“He’s come in from Western Australia and kicked a few goals but they’ve got some good mid-sized players like the Burkes that really fight for them,” he said.
“So it will be a tough game for us.”