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Herbie set to boost Heads

Co-coach Mitch Herbison (right) celebrates a goal with teammates in the 2019 BFL grand final. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

BARWON Heads’ hopes of avoiding three consecutive losses for the first time since mid-2016 have received a boost with playing c0-coach Mitch Herbison set to return from injury for Saturday’s clash with Geelong Amateur.

Herbison has been sidelined since the Round 1 win over Drysdale, missing losses to Torquay and Ocean Grove in the previous fortnight.

The 32-year-old has been battling knee soreness following off-season surgery.

“It’s been a little bit slower than I would have liked,” Herbison said.

“But, I’m tracking in the right direction. Hopefully, I’ll get through a game this week and move on for the rest of the season.”

Herbison is unsure whether he will have any further with the knee.

“It’s hard to know at this stage,” he said. “I’m hoping it can tolerate a game, and with a bit of luck, I’ll be right for the rest of the year.

“It’s feeling pretty good at the moment, so I’m pretty confident I’ll have no issues.”

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Herbison’s 2019 premiership teammate Braeden Eddy will also return after missing the surprise loss to Ocean Grove.

However, 2018 Ash medallist Matt Dyer (back), Mitch Phelps (hamstring) and Brad Harvey (finger) won’t be considered to the clash with Ammos.

The Seagulls have held half-time leads in the losses to the Grubbers and Torquay before being overrun.

“Parts of our games, we’ve been happy with,” Herbison said.

“But, there are certainly some areas we think over the last couple of weeks we haven’t been up to scratch.

“We’ll look to rectify that this week.”

Barwon Heads has already used 37 players at senior level in 2021, but the Seagulls are still short of the 44 that appeared at 2 o’clock in 2019.

“I think over the course of the year, we’re going to see most teams play a lot of players,” Herbison said.

“So, getting that continuity in the group and becoming a bit more familiar with one another is going to be important.

“For us, we’re still a relatively new group. There’s been a few injuries and unavailabilities at the club, which means guys are having to play with new players all the time.

“It does take a bit of time to jell, but I think we’re heading in the right direction despite those couple of losses.”

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