Lamb to be in mint condition

HOLBROOK will take a cautious approach with star forward Michael Lamb’s comeback from a knee reconstruction.

Coach Jarrod Twitt said his former Wodonga teammate would be assessed after training tonight but vowed to take no risks, despite the Brookers already light on for marking targets inside forward 50 following the exits of James Breen, James Hodges and Jim Grills.

“We won’t be rushing ‘Lamby’ back,” Twitt said.

“He will see how he’s feeling after training tomorrow night.

“He’s been good at training so we’ll weigh it up.”

The Brookers face an interrupted start to the season with Tom Keogh (broken hand) and Tom Power (knee) to miss, while several players including Sandy Hamilton will be unavailable due to a wedding.

Twitt, who is entering his fourth season as coach, is unfazed by the prospect of a rebuild after the departure of leading players from last year’s losing grand final team.

“Without doubt this year will be the youngest team I have coached at Holbrook,” he said.

“We still think we will be very competitive though.

“Osborne at Osborne is a tough way to start but it will tell us a bit more about ourselves.”

The Cats impressed in defeating an undermanned Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong in a practice match last weekend with veteran big-man Hayden Gleeson still proving a formidable force in the ruck.

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