Griffith coach Brandon Mathews will decide after Thursday night’s training session whether to pass himself fit for Saturday’s clash with Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes.
A troublesome back injury has sidelined Mathews since round one of the Riverina League season, but he is hopeful of making a return after training strongly earlier in the week.
“Anyone who’s suffered this type of injury knows it can be a bit of a drawn out thing,” Mathews said.
“But it hasn’t been too bad. Having so many new faces at the club, it’s kind of been good to watch from the sideline.
“I haven’t been coaching forever. I’ve only been doing it for a couple of years, so I’ve still got plenty to learn.
“But I’m not going to come back unless I can pull my weight. I don't want to disrupt the side.”
The Swans produced arguably their best performance of the season to beat reigning premiers Collingullie-Glenfield Park by 27 points at Exies Oval last Saturday.
It was the perfect preparation for the MCUE clash.
While respectful of the home team, Mathews said the Swans weren’t intimidated.
“It’s the longest road trip we have all year,” he said.
“We were absolutely awful against them last year.
“That was the first time last year I’d been over there. It’s obviously a big trip.
“But if we want to be any good, we’ve got to give ourselves a chance in these games.”
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