Tigers declare Martin a ‘certain starter’ for elimination final against Lions

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says he expects Dustin Martin to make an impact in Thursday night’s elimination final against the Brisbane Lions despite not being fully fit.

Key points:

  • Martin has been sidelined with a hamstring injury
  • Hardwick says he feels Martin is at “80 per cent” fitness
  • Shai Bolton will also play for the Tigers against the Lions

Hardwick confirmed Martin would play in the Gabba clash, which will be his first match in almost two months.

The three-time Norm Smith medallist missed the final seven matches of the home-and-away season due to a hamstring injury.

“He’s (Martin) a certain starter. He did everything we asked,” Hardwick told a media conference at the Gabba.

“It’s been a bit of a delayed prep but he has turned the corner the last three weeks, so we can’t wait for him to play.”

Author: Ivan Robinson