THE MURRAY Bushrangers,’ Clayton Oliver has taken on the first of two games played with Richmond’s VFL side, after being selected for three weeks of training with the team.
Oliver who has played some outstanding TAC Cup football with the Murray Bushrangers this season, commenced training with the Tigers last week.
Beginning his football career in grade four playing for Echuca, Oliver moved on to Mooroopna in year 7 until being picked up by the Bushrangers’ last year, saying that although he doesn’t barrack for Richmond, being selected to play for the VFL has been a life long dream.
“The game we played at the weekend against Sandringham was pretty good. I had a few kicks but we lost by 45 points.
“I’m hoping we can redeem ourselves in this weekend’s game against the Box Hill Hawks. They’re on top so hopefully it should be a good game.
“The training has been high intensity. There’s a lot more running and you have to really push yourself a little bit harder.
“I actually barrack for Brisbane, but my mum barracks for Richmond so she’s pretty happy.
“Playing in the VFL has been something I’ve been working towards my whole life and I’m pretty happy to be there.”
Murray Bushrangers Talent Manager, Lee Fraser said, “Oliver had a limited pre-season campaign due to injury, under the guidance of our lead Physiotherapist, Marty Hogan we have been able to manage his work load to ensure he can perform at TAC Cup level. As a result Oliver’s form has continued to improve to the level where AFL clubs are keen to see him play within the VFL environment.
“It will be a great eye opener for him and further enhance his development both as a footballer and a young man”
“The Richmond Football Club operates an outstanding VFL program; we liaise constantly in order to provide opportunities for young footballers across our region.”
Murray Bushrangers Midfield Coach, Adam Mudra is confident that Oliver will adapt quickly to VFL football. “Oliver has a great understanding of the game, he has clean hands and has a huge presence at stoppages, and having played senior football in the Goulburn Valley Football League the bigger bodies of the VFL won’t worry him.
“As a midfield group we have been working with Oliver on his ability to work at the stoppage and whilst defending on the outside, there is no doubt he will benefit from what VFL football demands through the midfield.
“I am looking forward to him returning to the Bushrangers in the next few weeks with a real appetite to improve and make his mark on the remainder of the season.”