SILKY North Albury defender Kris Holman’s sensational start to the season has rocketed him into the Ovens and Murray line-up to play the Hampden league.
The match is at Wangaratta’s Norm Minns Oval on Saturday.
Holman has been outstanding since returning to the Hoppers after a 12-month stint with WAFL club Swan Districts, with coach Brendan Fevola saying his form was impossible to ignore.
“It was good to get a call-up on Sunday after the Wangaratta match,” Holman, 23, said last night.
“It’s been a good start to the year.
“It was fairly strong footy over in Western Australia and it’s probably helped me a bit.”
Holman won the spot after Wangaratta Rovers forward Daniel Archer withdrew due to a hamstring injury and Wangaratta midfielder Jamie Allan declared himself unavailable.
“He’s been flying. We’re really happy with the squad but maybe needed a bit more run, so he’ll give us that."BRENDAN FEVOLA
Holman’s older brother Nick has also returned to the Border after playing for Swan Districts last season but is struggling to overcome a knee injury and looks set to sit out the season.
Ovens and Murray will cut one player from the 23-man squad before Saturday’s clash.
Fevola said Holman’s form at North Albury had been hard to ignore.
“He’s been flying,” Fevola said.
“We’re really happy with the squad but maybe needed a bit more run, so he’ll give us that.
“He’s playing good footy.
“We trained well at Albury and things are looking good.”
There was a concern during last night’s session at Albury Sportsground when Wodonga Raiders’ Jack Di Mizio split the webbing in his hand.
He is expected to still be available for selection.
Yarrawonga and Albury players dominate the squad with six players each.
The Ovens and Murray squad will complete its training preparation tomorrow night.