Sam Graetz’s return a key in battle

Sam Graetz. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

Sam Graetz. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

THE midfield battle will be the key when Albury United travel to Kelly Park for the clash with Twin City tomorrow, says Marty Chambers.

United’s 250-game keeper believes shutting down the supply of quality ball to Wanderers’ marauding goal scorers — Zac Walker, Matt Hasler and Rohan Pearce — will be the key to the contest.

Chambers believes the inclusion of off-season recruit Sam Graetz, after a six-match suspension dating back to the semi-final between Boomers and Myrtleford last year, will be a key to that battle.

“Bringing in Sam Graetz is a massive bonus — he was class at Boomers and is a great acquisition,” he said. “Everyone said he dominated in the state of origin game and will be a pivotal player in the middle of the park, able to control the midfield and that is exactly what we need.

“It’s been tough for Sam sitting out the first six weeks but he hasn’t missed a beat at training. I talked to him on Tuesday night and he is itching to get out on the paddock — pumped to be playing this weekend and particularly against Twin City.”

Chambers said his defenders would need to be on their toes to cope with the pace of Twin City’s forward line.