Luke Beveridge will look at bringing veteran ruckman Stefan Martin back into the side for next week’s finals series despite having missed several months of football.
But if Beveridge does play Martin , he will do so with other plans in mind given Martin’s injury struggles in recent seasons.
“Steph Martin has been out. He’s played one game in 3.5 months and he’s only had the one formal training session,” Beveridge said post game on Friday night.
“You can’t pick a player on the back of that preparation, so we’ve just got to make do and that’s not easy. But you’ve just got to cope with it. It put us under the pump. We knew about it.
“Stef is going to play tomorrow in a scratch match. The test will be whether or not he comes through that unscathed and whether he pulls up fit and healthy. He’s had a few things going on while he’s been out. So that will be — while he’s been out. So that will be the start of it.
“As I’ve been stating, Stef is not a player that we can hang our hat on, he’s just missed too much footy and, as I said, he hasn’t had the training load that’s required to play the game at this level for long enough, especially a final.”