The Leeton Greens’ first grade unavailable list is slowly starting to shrink.
Helped by a bye in the Group 20 competition last weekend, the Greenies will welcome back a handful of players on Saturday with a number of others not far off a return.
Greens president Bill Arnold said a couple key ins for the game against the Griffith Waratahs at the Exies Oval would benefit the side.
“We’ve got Josh Fisher coming back in, he didn’t play against Darlington Point,” Arnold said.
“His brother, Ben Fisher, I’m not sure if he’s available. Matt Arnold is still out – he’s overseas and our club stalwart, Shayne Roden, he’s still in recovery.
“Clinton Green’s back in. He played against the Point but had a problem with his hamstring and he adds a bit of experience in the halves.”
With all going to plan, Leeton will also have the services of Riverina representative trio Danny Maskill, Jayke Stevenson and Rhys Wilesmith.
The representative players will play for Riverina in West Wyalong before heading to Griffith.
Arnold said the club did try to have the date of the match changed but the Griffith oval had already been booked.
Arnold said he had no qualms with the players backing up but noted the correct precautions would be taken.
“I know there’s a duty of care and the guys will know themselves if they are a bit overdone,” Arnold said.
“If they look after themselves, warm up properly, I’ve got no problems with it. If they pick up an injury in the Riverina game, they won’t play.”
Both Leeton and the Waratah Tigers lost their last Group 20 matches to Darlington Point-Coleambally.
It marked the third loss of the year for the Griffith outfit and Arnold was wary of the wounded tiger.
“I’m expecting a hard game against Waratahs, they’re a sleeping giant,” he said.
“I watched them at the tail end of the season and they were a premiership force and I really believe they will be again. They have a good makeup and have just signed Sam Everett. I know a bit about him. He’s a big body and a good ball player.”
Under 16s starts at 2.15pm with first grade to run on at 6pm. A band will be playing at the Exies from 8pm.