Jamie Elliott is also in the mix to play, having missed Thursday night’s hit-out against Carlton. Harvey said that apart from the players with long-term injuries, Collingwood was tracking well towards round one with their key players all on individual programs as they target the blockbuster against the Western Bulldogs.
Jaidyn Stephenson has recovered well from glandular fever and is beginning to build his fitness having had his second season interrupted when he was suspended after breaching the AFL’s betting rules.
The only concern from the scratch match was midfielder Brayden Sier who failed a concussion test after copping a head knock. Sier would need to be symptom-free five days ahead of the match against Richmond to be declared available.
Harvey was impressed with Tom Wilson’s class as he kicked three goals and said second-year defender Isaac Quaynor was well in the mix to be in the Magpies’ best 22 early in the season.
Carlton’s only concern was defender Jacob Weitering who was taken off as a precaution when he overstretched and felt some soreness in his hip with the club doctors deciding to take no chances with the 22-year-old.
Blues assistant Dale Amos said they would see how Weitering pulled up before deciding whether he would head west to play Fremantle.
“He just had a little bit of tightness off the back of the contest and given the nature of the match we took no risks,” Amos said.
Amos said Sam Docherty would work his way into the season with the All-Australian defender showing he had not lost any of his trademark decision-making skill in his first match for two years against opposition.
“His footy will get better as the year goes on,” Amos said.
The Blues are yet to decide when Jack Martin will make his debut for the club but Amos said the high-profile recruit was on track to play at least one match in the Marsh Community Series.
Peter Ryan is a sports reporter with The Age covering AFL, horse racing and other sports.