MATT Shir’s chances of playing for Albury in Sunday’s Ovens and Murray grand final are firming by the day after the star midfielder trained strongly last night.
Shir, battling a quad strain, was put through his paces with the main group for more than an hour and looks to be ticking all the boxes in the lead-up to the decider with Yarrawonga.
The midfielder, who switched from Wodonga over the summer, was one of three Tiger inclusions last night.
Matt Fowler and Toby Blissett were also included on an extended bench.
It was all systems go for Albury last night, with the club’s seconds and thirds also preparing for premiership assaults this weekend.
The possible inclusion of Fowler looms as the Tigers’ biggest decision, with the champion forward to become the most successful player in league history should he play and the Tigers salute on Sunday.
But Albury co-coach Daniel Maher said Fowler’s record wouldn’t come into consideration at selection.
“Matt’s in a position where, yeah, he’s won six flags but we’ve got to take the emotion out of it and the personal side out of it,” Maher said.
Shir will be given until tomorrow to prove his fitness.
Yarrawonga, meanwhile, looks poised to also make just the single change.
Morris medallist Xavier Leslie waltzed back into the Pigeons’ 21 last night after missing almost a month with ankle soreness.
Young midfield utility Matt Irvine is the player likely to give way.
The reigning premier also included Connor and Tim Hargreaves on its six-man bench.
Yarrawonga is gearing up to host the now annual grand final parade for the second year running this afternoon.
The parade kicks off from Orr Streer at midday, heading down Belmore Street and towards the lake.
Albury, Lavington, North Albury and Wodonga Raiders are set to join in the parade.