ALBURY co-coach Chris Hyde says Matt Shir still has to prove he is fit to play in tomorrow’s Ovens and Murray decider.
Shir trained strongly at Albury Sportsground on Thursday night and was yesterday named as an emergency for the grand final.
At this stage, the Tigers have made no change from the team that won the preliminary final.
Shir will undergo a final fitness test today before Albury makes a call on whether the 2004 Did Simpson medallist will earn a recall from a quad injury that has kept him out of the finals series.
“He needs to do a bit more in the morning,” Hyde said yesterday.
“He trained on Thursday night and trained fully and he pulled up well when we spoke to him but we still haven’t made our final decision.
“He’ll do a bit more today and then we obviously need to make that decision.”
Hyde wouldn’t put a percentage on Shir’s chances of getting back into the team.
“Look, percentage wise, I’m not sure,” he said.
“I’m not a punter.
“We’ll talk to him again today.
“With all good players you need to give them as much time as you can.”
Josh Gaynor and James McQuillan appear to be the Tigers most under the pump to keep their spot in the side, should Shir prove he is fit to play.
Yarrawonga, as expected, made just the single change.
Morris medallist Xavier Leslie is back from ankle soreness and gets the chance to win his third premiership tomorrow.
Matt Irvine, who played in Yarrawonga’s senior flag last year, has been omitted.
Connor and Tim Hargreaves are the Pigeons’ other emergencies.
Six-time premiership forward Matt Fowler and classy youngster Toby Blissett are also still in the mix for the Tigers.