HENTY’S Nick Murray has forced his way into the Murray Bushrangers’ line-up to play Calder Cannons at Shepparton’s Deakin Reserve on Sunday.
Murray, a brother of Sydney Swans rookie Sam, earned his chance after producing some strong performances for the Swampies in the Hume league.
“He will play as a defender for us,” Higgins said.
“We think he’s pretty versatile at 190cm and that’s where the opportunities are in our side at the moment.”
With the national championships finishing, Victoria Country duo Ben Paton and Jordon Butts have returned to the Bushrangers.
Isaac Wallace has recovered from a corked hip while Euroa’s Jett Trotter will debut.
Injuries to Laitham Vandermeer, Angus Hicks and Jacob Koschitzke force three changes while Noah Amery and Tom O’Brien will return to Lavington and Albury.
Higgins said lapses in concentration had almost hurt the Bushrangers in recent wins over Western Jets and Eastern Ranges.
“We haven’t played four quarters for the last three weeks,” Higgins said.
“With a lot of bottom age players, it’s a learning process for them.
“We will be looking for more consistency.”
Nick Richards has been chosen as 23rd player for Werribee.
The team is: B, Donaghey, Butts, Beasley; hb, Paton, Garoni, Oates; c, Bruce, Bond, Lane; hf, Barzen, Boyd, Smith; f, Wilson, Johnston, Richards; foll, Marriott, Wallace, Clarke; inter, Smith, Bradshaw, Walker, Trotter, Murray; emerg, O’Brien, St John, Bice.