Ben holds out hope
BRIGHT’S Ben Reid will be harbouring hopes of a shock return to Collingwood’s side for Saturday’s AFL Grand Final against West Coast.
The Pies are believed to be putting some thought into making a change to the side that downed reigning premiers Richmond to qualify for their first grand final since 2011.
Reid was a member of Collingwood’s premiership side in 2010 but has appeared in just six games this season.
The 29 year-old hasn’t played since round 10 after going down with a calf injury and then having two knee arthroscopes late in the home and away season.
But fit again, he has been an emergency for Collingwood’s past two finals.
Reid and Darcy Moore are the candidates to come in to the side if the Pies opt to add more height to their defence to counter Eagles forwards Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling.
If one of the two does come in, it will likely be at the expense of Tyson Goldsack who only returned to the side for Collingwood’s qualifying final against West Coast three weeks ago, after recovering from a knee reconstruction.
However, the Pies would be changing the structure of a side that has given the club five wins in the past six matches.
Following last Friday night’s win, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said every player on the club’s list still had a role to play whether or not they are named in the final 22 for Saturday.
“I spoke to every one of the other players who didn’t play tonight and said we’ve got another week of training to do, we’ve got some preparation that needs to take place,” he said.
“When we get to the other side of this, we’ll have a couple of really important training sessions to prepare the 22 that play.’’
If Reid was to play he would do so alongside another local product in Myrtleford’s Jack Crisp who has lined up in every game this season.
After ending Richmond’s hopes of back-to back premierships, Buckley said his team deserved their place in the last game of the season.
“We’ve earned that opportunity and we’ve taken advantage of that opportunity by playing some good footy, and we’re not done yet,” he said.
“We’ve got another game to win, and we’ve been strong on exploring ourselves, finding out what we’re capable of and we still don’t know, so we want to go and do that.’’
HOPE: Ben Reid.