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“I’m really grateful to be able to play a small part along with the rest of the guys in helping rebuild these people’s lives and communities.”

The two teams can now pick as many players as they want from each club after the AFL binned the previous three-player limit.

Fremantle Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe and Carlton co-captain Patrick Cripps have been tipped to pull on the All-Stars jumper, while Geelong champion Patrick Dangerfield is a likely starter for Victoria alongside Martin.

Martin’s Tigers premiership teammate Jack Riewoldt, a proud Tasmaniaan, is also keen.

“I’d love to play, I’ve just got to get picked,” he said this month.


“From my conversations with [Martin] he’s really keen to play too.

“I think he’s pretty keen to play at full-forward and kick a big bag of goals.

“I think all players are jumping out of their skins to be a part of the game.”

Victoria will be coached by two-time Richmond premiership mentor Damien Hardwick, with Sydney’s John Longmire to lead the All-Stars.

Hardwick will be joined in the coaches’ box by Hawthorn premiership coach Alastair Clarkson, Tigers assistant Adam Kingsley, Collingwood’s Robert Harvey and Gold Coast’s Dean Solomon.

The All-Stars’ assistant coaching line-up features Gold Coast’s Stuart Dew, Port Adelaide’s Michael Voss, Giant Mark McVeigh, Joel Corey from the Bulldogs and Dean Cox, who works with the Swans.

The full squads will be released on Tuesday.


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