Tigers declare Martin a ‘certain starter’ for elimination final against Lions

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says he expects Dustin Martin to make an impact in Thursday night’s elimination final against the Brisbane Lions despite not being fully fit.

Hardwick confirmed Martin would play in the Gabba clash, which will be his first match in almost two months.

The three-time Norm Smith medallist missed the final seven matches of the home-and-away season due to a hamstring injury.

Veteran Shane Edwards has been omitted to make way for Martin.

“He’s (Martin) a certain starter. He did everything we asked,” Hardwick told a media conference at the Gabba.

“It’s been a bit of a delayed prep but he has turned the corner the last three weeks, so we can’t wait for him to play.”

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