Spiros Amarantidis is set to sneak in for a 2017 VFL debut when he runs out for Werribee in its final home-and-away game of the season against the Casey Demons at Casey Fields on Saturday night.
Part of the Deer Park side that claimed a fourth straight Western Region Football League Division 1 premiership last year, the 21-year-old has impressed as a small forward and playing through the midfield with the Tigers’ Development League side this year.
Werribee development coach Daniel Fraser has worked closely with Amarantidis across the season and praised his bullishness around the contest and ability to overcome a slow start to the year.
“He had an interrupted pre-season, but he’s shown steady improvement and has worked hard on his game since then,” said Fraser.
“He’s as hard as a cat’s head, loves the scrap, has really good leg speed, and can kick a goal, but he has a real endeavour to defend as well.
“There’s still a bit of work to go, but his intent is really good.”
Amarantidis rounds out a big year of debuts for Werribee, which has so far blooded 13 club-listed and TAC Cup players across the season.