Nick Mellington called up for Richmond's VFL team

MURRAY Bushrangers captain Nick Mellington’s strong form in the TAC Cup has earned the Benalla star a call up from Richmond’s VFL team.

In a huge boost to his chances of being drafted, the teen will play against Collingwood’s VFL team on Saturday.

Bushrangers talent manager Lee Fraser said it was fantastic opportunity for Mellington.

“As a club we work closely with AFL clubs regarding our playing list,” he said.

“We’ve been liaising with Richmond throughout the season to promote our in-form players.

“Nick is an outstanding leader of our group and while he will be missed over the next few weeks, a clear priority of our club is to provide these opportunities to talented footballers within our region.”

The Bushrangers host the Northern Knights at Norm Minns Oval at 1pm on Sunday.