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Didak and Shaw forgiven at Pies: O'Brien

By Justin Chadwick 06/02/2009 08:50:49 PM Comments (0)

Collingwood defender Harry O'Brien says Heath Shaw and Alan Didak have done enough over the AFL off-season to earn back the respect of the playing group.

Didak and Shaw were named in a strong Collingwood outfit for Saturday's NAB Cup clash with West Coast at Subiaco Oval.

It will be the pair's first game since they were suspended last August for lying about Didak's involvement in a drink-driving offence, in which Shaw crashed his car while over the limit but claimed Didak was not in the vehicle.

"They've trained outstandingly during the pre-season and it's just been good to see them back on the track and we can't wait to have them back in the side because they really do make our team a lot stronger," O'Brien said on Friday.

"It's been quite a while since the incident.

"Obviously we've had the whole pre-season and the way they've trained suggests that they have (had something to prove).

"They want to be in the side and I think it's just going to be good to have them back in the side.

"Whatever's happened is in the past now, we've moved from it and we're looking forward to all playing together."

West Coast will unleash a near full-strength centre square brigade against the Pies on Saturday night.

The Eagles have named All-Australian ruckman Dean Cox, Daniel Kerr and Matt Priddis, with only tagger Adam Selwood missing from what will form West Coast's preferred centre square set-up in the season proper.

Collingwood will unveil exciting draft picks Steele Sidebottom and Dayne Beams, but the Eagles' first selection at last year's national draft, Nick Naitanui, is still in recovery mode after undergoing knee surgery.

While Naitanui is expected to miss the entire pre-season competition, Tom Swift, who two years ago was rated by Michael Voss as the best 16-year-old going around, is set to make his Eagles debut after recovering from consecutive knee reconstructions.

The Pies will use the match to assess their off-season recruits, with former Kangaroo Leigh Brown and former Lion Anthony Corrie named in the squad.

West Coast have not won an NAB Cup fixture for three years, while Collingwood's last win in the competition came in 2006 when they defeated St Kilda.

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