Todd Grayson is facing a fitness battle as the State selectors have trimmed the squad to take on WA in Perth on Saturday to 27.

Tuesday 14 June 2011

Outstanding utility player Todd Grayson is walking a fine line in a bid to prove his fitness for Queensland’s interstate clash with Western Australia in Perth on Saturday.

Grayson, a member of the Queensland side that beat Tasmania last year, suffered a knee injury playing for Labrador against Broadbeach on Saturday and coach Jason Cotter admitted he was “extremely doubtful”.

“He was showed and changed before halftime so it doesn’t look good but  he’s getting it scanned today so we’ll see what comes up,” Cotter said.

The Maroons selectors have cut their 34-man squad to 27 ahead of the match in which 23 players will wear the Maroons jumper,

Players to miss final inclusion were Aspley’s Declan Bevan and Reece Toye, Labrador’s Michael Gugliotta, Mt.Gravatt’s Nathan Reid and John James, and NT Thunder’s Karl Lohde and Ross Tungatalum.

This comes after NT’s Kenrick Tyrrell, Redland’s James Charlesworth and Labrador’s Steve Wrigley were ruled unfit last week, Aspley’s Robbie Copeland declared himself unavailable, and the Lions’ Mitch Golby was ruled ineligible after his promotion to the club’s senior AFL list.

The 27-man Queensland squad to train at Southport at 6.15pm tonight is: Niall McKeever (Brisbane Lions), Kallen Geary, Dayne Zorko (Broadbeach), Jake Crawford, Joel Tippett (Gold Coast Suns), Ryan Davey, Todd Grayson, (Labrador), Kent Abey, Caleb Brown, Paul Shelton, Adam Spackman (Morningside), Nathan Gilliland, Gavin Grose, Albert Proud, Chris Smith, Josh Vearing (Mt Gravatt), Darren Ewing, Cameron Ilett, Shaun Tapp, Iggy Vallejo (NT Thunder), Scott Clouston, Brad Howard, Trent Manzone, Josh Pullman (Redland), Kurt Niklaus, Matt Payne, Danny Wise (Southport).

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