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PAUL AMY, TIM MICHELL, CONOR RYAN
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IT was an oft-asked question among Collingwood supporters this year: why can’t Kyle Martin get a game?
His more vocal fans (some of them attached to his junior club, Noble Park) took to Twitter to express their frustration, pointing out his form in the VFL could not be better.
Martin pushed up for two AFL matches, but before and after he put together a fine season in the state league.
His reward could come at Monday night’s JJ Liston Trophy.
The midfielder will enter the count as one of the favourites after averaging 28 possessions across his 14 VFL games.
He also kicked 27 goals, including a haul of six against Essendon in Round 4.
Collingwood VFL coach Dale Tapping gives his right-footer an excellent chance of claiming the Liston.
“He’d have to be up there because his performances were at a high level,’’ Tapping said.
“He’s dynamic. He’s around the ball, he wins the footy and he finishes, has the ability to hit the scoreboard and kick goals. He’s completing a lot of the work.’’
Why couldn’t he earn more nods from the AFL selectors?