Just gotta beat those Magpies, says Austin

Former Billabong Crows player Al Austin says he’s happy he joined “a great young group” at Corowa-Rutherglen this year.

Former Billabong Crows player Al Austin says he’s happy he joined “a great young group” at Corowa-Rutherglen this year.

COROWA-Rutherglen defender Al Austin says the Roos can’t afford to take their foot off the pedal leading into today’s clash with Wangaratta.

Austin said winning at John Foord Oval this afternoon was crucial to the Roos’ finals chance.

“It’s a massive game for us, really,” Austin said.

“If we win, we go three wins clear of them but if we lose, we’re only one.

“We can’t rest on what we’ve already done and need to keep improving, otherwise the others will catch us.”

Austin, who joined the club over the summer, has been a revelation down back this season.

The former VAFA and Billabong Crows defender said he was loving life at John Foord Oval.

“It’s going really well,” Austin said.

“We’ve got a great young group and I’m just happy to be playing a role.”

Austin has led a much-improved Corowa-Rutherglen defence this season, a defence that has only strengthened over the past month with Kade Kuschert’s return from injury.

“It’s great to have him back in the side,” Austin said.

“Obviously he gives us a steady older head down there.”

In a plus for the Roos, Wangaratta will be missing goalkicker Joel Harris because of back troubles.

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