Jack Ross in action for the Tigers in round 21
BACHAR Houli announced that Richmond's young teammate Jack Ross is "created for AFL football" because 19-year-old has the chance to replace injured Jack Graham in the Grand Final.
Graham was excluded on Tuesday before a decision maker against Greater Western Sydney, a dislocated right arm suffered last Friday, proving to be too much of an obstacle to overcome.
Midfielder Ross played seven games in his rookie season, which was interrupted by a serious ankle injury that kept him out of the side for 11 weeks in the middle of the year.
Averaging 17 transactions and three settlements in the current AFL match, Ross and Kamdyn McIntosh were stopped from winning the Premier League on Sunday in preparation for this weekend.
"I really didn't have a word with him, but he was made for AFL football. We saw him before he hurt his ankle and he was a good performer, "Houli said.
"He was accumulating assets and, more importantly, [showed] football hardness, the finale rests on this. It's about the contested ball, putting the body on the line and dedication to team members.
"He is very similar to Jacky Graham. Is he coming in He and Jack are similar players, but I'm sure whoever comes in will be well prepared and well supported by the rest of the player group. "
Graham was playing sideways now after playing a key role in the initial victory over Geelong, Houli enthusiastically supported the idea of giving all players from the club's flagship medals the club's premiere, not just the 22 who play this game.
"Oh yes, I am absolutely in favor of it. A guy like Alex Rance – whom I can't talk about enough and his contribution to the football club – I'm sure if we win, there will be a medal around the neck from a player or coach.
"To make 22 or 23 medals, let's do 44 or 45, everyone is happy. But on the other hand, the VFL won the premiership, so is it fair that they are taking two medals home? ”Houli asked with a laugh.
The happiest tiger? Kamdyn McIntosh has been withdrawn from the VFL Grand Final. Photo: AFL photos
"We really mean that it's not about 22 players. We have something very significant with our football club, a photo that means us as a united group. [We’re] along with other team members celebrating the cup (2017), as well as members we are also very proud of, an army of Tigers. "
Houli spoke during a training session for the Bachar Houli Academy, which is preparing to face young players from the AJAX football club in a game connecting players from Islamic and Jewish backgrounds.
The match will be played at MCG on Sunday, the day after the Grand Final, and Houli hopes to win two out of two over the weekend.
Bachar Houli training with teammates on Tuesday. Photo: AFL photos
"Win or lose this week, Sunday will be a great day because these boys will have the opportunity to play MCG, what an honor and honor," he said.
"This year … we have created a topic related to unity and harmony and this is a great opportunity for young men from all walks of life to meet and enjoy the game that everyone loves in this country, being football.
"More importantly, the opportunity that MCC has provided us with the use of the ground post-Grand Final is something we are extremely humiliated and proud of."