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Club over State for star Eagle

Newtown & Chilwell captain Matt McMahon in action. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

MATT McMahon has become the first player to declare his hand ahead of next Saturday’s GFL blockbuster meeting between Newtown & Chilwell and St Joseph’s by withdrawing from the Vic Country squad.

The Eagles captain was one of six players from the two clubs in contention to wear the Big V against the VAFA in a match that clashes with the local 1v2 game.

However, McMahon revealed he wouldn’t have played for Vic Country even if Newtown & Chilwell was playing lesser opposition than the two-time reigning premier.

“I would always choose to play for Newtown over any representative game,” the two-time Mathieson medallist.

“It’s something that wouldn’t sit comfortably with me if I didn’t.

“I probably would have had the week off, anyway, if it was (being played on) the bye.”

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McMahon admits the decision was made easier having twice worn the big blue V.

“I don’t know if it would be any different if I hadn’t been in those games before, or in a different situation like Alex Cincotta is for us where it’s a chance for him to go further with his football,” he said.

“It’s a no-brainer for me to be playing for Newtown rather than Vic Country, and that’s no disrespect to that because the years I’ve been playing that, I’ve really enjoyed it; it’s a great honour.”

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On June 22, Joeys coach Paul Carson revealed to krockfootball.com.au he wouldn’t stand in the way of his players in the squad from representing Vic Country.

Cam Tudor, Brenton Rees, Curtis McCarthy and Riley Ferguson remain in the mix to feature in the Danny Frawley coached team.

“I’m probably more an advocate of this level of footy than the interleague,” Carson said.

“If they can play Vic Country, well they have my blessing and the footy club’s; we’d be proud of that. Who we play that weekend at local level becomes irrelevant.

“Time will tell who gets selected there if any. We’ll see what happens.”

McMahon is looking forward to build-up to the clash which will see two of local football’s great rivals together at Elderslie Reserve.

“We have a really good, healthy rivalry between the clubs,” he said.

“We both really respect each other, and I’m sure both sides know it’s going to be a red-hot game.

“It’s a pretty important game for how it might look later in the year with ladder positions.”

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