WANGARATTA Rovers great Robbie Walker will help the Ovens and Murray prepare for their clash against Western Region.
The nine-time Hawk best and fairest has been asked to speak to the players during breakfast in Yarrawonga on Saturday morning.
“It will be great to have Robbie involved particularly with the Melbourne players able to be there as well,” co-coach Brad Murray said.
The Hall of Fame inductee represented the Ovens and Murray on 16 occasions.
The O and M will announce their final 22 after training at Yarrawonga on Thursday night with Murray saying positions would be hotly contested.
“It’s going to be difficult at the selection table,” he said.
Western Region will cut its squad on Wednesday with coach Brodie Holland determined to make amends for last year’s debacle.
They lost to the Northern league by 125 points to slip to seventh on the rankings.
The league has since been promoted to sixth after the EDFL withdrew.
“I believe the WRFL can match it with any other league in Victoria,” Holland said after his appointment.
“The guys you are coaching at this level have a great understanding of the game, they understand a contemporary game plan and are usually easier to guide.
“Hopefully the players buy in, it’s a great opportunity.”
Former Ovens and Murray players Patty Rose, Harry and Lachie Tanner and Sam Harvey were named in Western Region’s original 74-man squad.