Coach backs big man to step up

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Updated: March 8, 2016
Developing Grovedale big man Lachie Headlam is expected to see more senior football in 2016. Picture: AL PACKER
Developing Grovedale big man Lachie Headlam is expected to see more senior football in 2016. Picture: AL PACKER

Developing Grovedale big man Lachie Headlam will make his senior debut in 2016. Picture: AL PACKER

GROVEDALE coach Craig McCaughan has backed developing big man Lachie Headlam to play senior football in 2016.

The former Geelong Supercats basketballer spent 2015 honing his craft in the Tigers reserves, helping them to the grand final.

“Once you see him play, you’ll realise he’s just been chomping at the bit to get into it,” McCaughan said.

“I’ve got no doubt he’ll be able to step up.

“I know last year we spoke about him at the start of the year, and it was always going to be a development year for Lach.”

The Ryan Abbott-Zac Smith combination played 18 of Grovedale’s 19 senior games, meaning Headlam was unable to force his way into the 2.00pm team.

However, with Abbott impressing at Geelong VFL training, McCaughan may be without last year’s GFL Coaches Team of the Year ruckman more often than not.

That will provide the opportunity Headlam has been craving.

“This year I can see him playing every game,” McCaughan said.

“Every training session he’s improving, every match sim we do he’s improving.

“The mids are getting used to him, (and) we know we’re going to see him a fair bit in the senior ranks.”

Headlam’s athleticism will be the key to him having an impact.

“You look at testing – beep tests and 2km time trials – he’s always at the front,” McCaughan said.

“He runs like the wind. Having not played a lot of footy, he’s game sense isn’t great, but as ruckman it doesn’t need to be perfect.

“We just need to train him for what he does after the contest.”

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