Rising Star winner Callum Mills is adamant he will be cherry ripe for the AFL grand final, with both Sydney Swans and Western Bulldogs upbeat there will be no late changes at the MCG on Saturday.
Mills is set to return from a hamstring strain, while Swans co-captain Jarrad McVeigh was also selected after overcoming a calf issue.
The Bulldogs included ruckman Jordan Roughead (eye) and defender Dale Morris (achilles) in their side, with coach Luke Beveridge declaring both will be right to play.
Mills hasn’t played a full game since August 20, having tweaked his hamstring during the Swans’ loss to Greater Western Sydney in week one of the finals.
But the 19-year-old harbours no fear about breaking down during the high-stakes contest.
“We’ve done all the possible steps we can and are very confident going into tomorrow that the hamstring will be strong,” Mills said.
“I’ve been training for a couple of weeks now, so it’s not really at the forefront of my mind.”
Mills dismissed the idea his run at the MCG on Friday morning was a fitness test.
“I didn’t have to do anything extra today. It was just a normal week and if I got through the week I’d be fine,” he said.
“I hadn’t done a hamstring before so … I wasn’t too positive straight away but when we got the scans we knew I’d be in with a shot.”
McVeigh hasn’t progressed as far in his rehab but is likewise bullish.
“There’s always risks but we’ve had players play with this injury before,” he said.
“(The plan) was to train Wednesday, do a bit of running and then do a lot more than the boys today.
“I did that, I feel great and I’m ready to go.”
Meanwhile, Beveridge suggested that selecting Matt Suckling would have been a risk.
Suckling has been nursing a sore achilles this month and missed the Bulldogs’ preliminary final, although he’s been named as an emergency for the grand final.
“It’s disappointing for Matty, but it was just too hard to omit one of his teammates,” he said.