IF preparing for a third consecutive grand final wasn’t already playing on Old Collegians coach Josh Reichman’s mind, then a selection headache would add to the building pressure as Saturday’s decider quickly approaches.
Nathan Forth (knee), Matt Lynch (leg) and Andrew McCartney (hamstring) will be hoping to prove their fitness to Reichman at Thursday’s final training session and gain selection in the Warriors’ grand final team.
“It’s tricky one for us but it’s also a good problem to have,” the third-year playing coach said. “But it is also hard to change a winning side and a winning formula and those are things we will have to weigh up over the coming days.”
Forth was injured in the qualifying final victory over Kolora-Noorat and underwent surgery on his knee.
“Nathan trained well on Tuesday night and pulled up well from the operation a couple of weeks ago so he is putting his hand up,” he said.
“Matty Lynch and Andrew McCartney are also pushing and they just have to get through training.”
Reichman said McCartney had played two games in the reserves, while Lynch was just returning from a broken leg.
The Warriors coach has made four changes in the past three weeks to his side, opting to stick to a proven formula which has beaten the Power three times in four weeks.
Earlier in the week Nirranda co-coach Shane Threlfall said he had a full list for him and Shane Quick to pick from ahead of Saturday’s decider.