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GEE­LONG speed­ster Jake Reed is pre­par­ing to re­lease the shack­les as he bids to force his way back in the Vic­to­rian team.

Fresh from a three-wicket per­for­mance in Vic­to­ria’s re­cent Fu­tures League match, Reed said he would be free to play with­out con­straints af­ter to­day’s clash against St Kilda fol­low­ing two years of in­jury set­backs.

Reed will take the new ball against the Saints to­day but has been ruled out of to­mor­row’s clash against Monash Tigers as Vic­to­ria con­tin­ues to mon­i­tor his progress.

“I’ve been told by the fit­ness staff that this is the last week of re­stric­tions, so I’m pretty ex­cited about that. From this week­end for­ward I’ll be able to play any game I want,” Reed said yes­ter­day.

“Ob­vi­ously I’d rather play both games and get a win, but I can see where the fit­ness staff are com­ing from af­ter hav­ing my big­gest week on the field for two-and-a-half years.

“They’re go­ing to be a bit wary of my work­loads on the week­end. I’m just happy to be pulling on the Gee­long jumper again. It’s been a bloody long time and I’m look­ing for­ward to get out there with my good mates, hav­ing fun and hope­fully get­ting a win.”

Reed was im­pres­sive for the Vics’ sec­ond XI at Karen Rolton Oval in Ade­laide, tak­ing 3-97 from 27 overs. But Vic­to­ria was well beaten by the Red­backs.

“It was all over early on the fourth day,” Reed said. “It was dis­ap­point­ing, but I was pretty happy. I bowled 27 overs and that’s the most I’ve bowled in an in­nings in twoand-a-half years.

“I can only be happy with that. It was my first Fu­tures League game in two years, so I was just happy to get through, pull up well and now I’m just look­ing for­ward to play­ing for Gee­long.”

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