Werribee’s Jack Brauman will make his VFL debut when his side makes its long-awaited return to the redeveloped Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday night.
Having been named as part of Werribee’s initial 27-man squad on Thursday, the hard-nosed midfielder has now been confirmed as one of the starting 23 that will line up to take on the Casey Demons under lights for the club’s first true home game in more than 18 months.
Brauman, 22, joined Werribee this year as a star export from Geelong & District Football League side Bannockburn, where he won three best-and-fairest awards and played 104 games across six seasons.
His strong work ethic and pre-season form had him well placed for a round-one debut before he was sidelined with a concussion suffered in Werribee’s final practice match.
Senior coach John Lamont said Brauman had earned his opportunity and that the big occasion of the club’s homecoming would provide a good first-up test.
“It’s unfortunate he had that concussion in the last practice match because he was right in the mix for selection,” said Lamont.
“He’s handled missing a week well and he’s trained well, so we think there’s a real role for him on the weekend.
“It comes on the big stage [of our return home], so hopefully he can stay nice and focused, enjoy the opportunity, work hard, and - with some luck - play in a winning team.”
Brauman and the rest of the Werribee team kick off against the Demons at 7pm on Saturday.