ALBURY says injury-stricken midfielder Matt Shir may well play in Sunday’s Ovens and Murray grand final.
Tigers’ co-coach Daniel Maher said Shir was firmly in the mix for the decider, despite getting through just three senior games this season.
Shir had seemed to have overcome injury problems after missing the first half of the season before straining his quad in the final round against Yarrawonga.
He hasn’t played since.
Yet Maher said the 2004 Did Simpson medallist was “a good chance” of playing on Sunday.
“He’s certainly upped his workload,” he said.
“We’ll decide at the end of the week where he’s at.
“Matt’s a professional, so he’ll come to us and tell us if he’s no good.
“We’ll rely on him, a little bit, but we’ll give him every chance.”
Shir has managed just five senior matches since making the switch from Wodonga over the summer — and injured himself in two of those games.
The former Adelaide midfielder played four matches in the reserves mid-year in a bid to prove his fitness.
Maher, who was flanked by co-coach Chris Hyde at yesterday’s grand final press conference, said the Tigers wouldn’t take a punt on Shir if he wasn’t 100 per cent confident of getting through the game.
“We don’t want to take a risk on him because then, obviously, it could leave us a man down,” Maher said.
“It’s a grand final and you’re out there to win.
“We’ll give him every opportunity but if he’s not right, he’ll tell us.”