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Proud named in Lions team

By Laine Clark 11/03/2009 08:17:31 PM Comments (0)

Albert Proud has been named in the Brisbane Lions team to tackle Richmond in Friday night's AFL practice match on the Gold Coast - despite being set to appear in court on the tourist strip for an assault charge.

Proud's case at Southport Magistrates Court was last month adjourned until Thursday - barely 24 hours before the Lions' much anticipated showdown with Ben Cousins' Tigers at Carrara.

A lawyer for Proud last month told the Southport Magistrates Court that the Lions midfielder planned to plead guilty to one count of assault occasioning bodily harm, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years' jail.

The 20-year-old was suspended and fined an undisclosed amount by the Lions over a January 31 incident at a Gold Coast bar.

Police said Proud threw a glass at a 23-year-old woman who required stitches to a cut above her eye.

The Lions lifted the suspension in order for Proud to play the NAB Cup quarterfinal against Essendon on February 27.

Proud was among the Lions' best in the loss to the Bombers and again stood tall in their shock practice match defeat at the hands of Melbourne in Cairns last Friday night.

He was named in a strong 24-strong Lions squad on Wednesday that also included Tim Notting and Justin Sherman after they were rested against the Demons.

Skipper Jonathan Brown is set to play his first full game of 2009 for the Lions.

He only played the first half of their 37-point loss to Melbourne.

"I was happy with the way I got through," Brown said.

"I came off the ground feeling fresh and could have played another half.

"Now I'll try and play at least three quarters, hopefully a full game on Friday and that should round off my preparation nicely."

However, Jared Brennan (quad) will be rested ahead of the March 28 season opener against West Coast.

Vice-captains Simon Black (hand), Daniel Merrett (rested) and ruckman Jamie Charman (knee) will also be missing but the Lions said the trio were "on target" for the round one Gabba showdown with the Eagles.

Richmond have named a near full-strength side after welcoming back Matthew Richardson, Nathan Foley and of course Cousins.

The Lions have not beaten Richmond since round 14, 2004.

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