OVENS and Murray dynamo Shaun Mannagh will play in Saturday's inter-league clash after being cleared of VFL commitments with Richmond.
Mannagh travelled to the Border from Melbourne to train with teammates at Albury Sportsground on Wednesday night and is set to take on a crucial midfield role against Mornington Peninsula-Nepean at Rosebud.
But it wasn't all good news for the league with Mannagh's Panther teammate Nick Meredith receiving a two-match suspension for engaging in rough conduct towards Yarrawonga's Mark Whiley.
Meredith received a two-week ban with one game suspended until the end of 2019.
Under AFL Victoria rules, he will miss the inter-league and Lavington's clash with Wangaratta Rovers next weekend.
Ovens and Murray co-coach Brad Murray said Mannagh's availability was important for the league.
"His form at Lavington is huge and he's really passionate to play for the Ovens and Murray," Murray said.
"Shaun's been really keen to play and we just needed to find out Richmond's plans.
"It's awesome to have him in the side.
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"Nick would have been in as well but unfortunately he was suspended.
"All the boys in the group are ripping fellas and I'm sure they will all buy in on Saturday."
Myrtleford's Riley Sharp was set to play but pulled up sore after training.
OVENS AND MURRAY TEAM
B, St John, Anderson, McAuley
HB: Duncan, Cooper, Wheeler
C: Wales, Garland, Speight
HF: Brennan, Porter, L. Dale
F: Richards, Taylor-Nugent, Mannagh
Foll: Dussin, Jolliffe, Powell
Inter: Hanna, Johnson, T. Hargreave, Melville
Emerg; McDonagh, Ellard, Douthie