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CASEY is pushing for talented father-son prospect Jack Viney to play in the VFL finals next month as the midfielder continues to blossom for a potential early season debut for Melbourne next season.

Viney, who is expected to be taken by the Dees in the first round of this year’s AFL draft, will play the third and final of his allotted games today against Collingwood as the 23rd player after impressing against Geelong with 18 touches last week.

Scorpions coach Brett Lovett, who will coach his 150th VFL match today, was hopeful Melbourne would give Viney permission to play in the VFL finals, given the Demons’ shallow list of players to qualify for finals has shrunk to 13 after Liam Jurrah flew to Adelaide.

”It’s really going to be up to Melbourne and to Jack and his family on whether he keeps playing with Casey this season. We will sit down with Jack and other players over the next week or so to see what the plans are,” Lovett said.

Last week’s match against Geelong was Viney’s first in the VFL since the sickening incident that left him with a broken jaw after a heavy bump from midfielder David Wojcinski earlier this season.

■Geelong will be looking to get midfielder Travis Varcoe and ruckman Nathan Vardy through unscathed in today’s hitout against Coburg.

Varcoe is expected to play the next two games in the VFL. It’s his first match since he injured his foot during the pre-season.

The 23-year-old will be joined by veteran midfielder David Wojcinski, Shannon Byrnes and Vardy, who will play his second game in the VFL after returning from a hip injury.

Collingwood will also hand some more game time to Ben Johnson, Andrew Krakouer and Brent Macaffer, who have all come back from injuries.

■Adam Potter has been dumped as coach of Coburg, with Richmond set to appoint one of its development coaches for the role in the final year of its alignment. The club has offered Potter, who is a school teacher, a development role at Coburg next season but he said yesterday that he was weighing up his options.

”Obviously I just need to sit down and think about what’s happened,” Potter said.

Coburg has slumped to third-last on the ladder after last week’s loss to Frankston. Potter admitted that the news of its split with Richmond and coaching changes had had an impact on the morale of the group.

Potter will coach his last match for Coburg against Geelong today. He said the club was hopeful it could survive in the competition after its split with Richmond.

VFL Round 21 (with tips in capitals)

Today: Collingwood v CASEY SCORPIONS, 1pm, Victoria Park; PORT MELBOURNE v Bendigo, 1.10pm, North Port Oval; WILLIAMSTOWN v Sandringham, 2pm, Burbank Oval; GEELONG v Coburg Tigers, 2pm, Simonds Stadium.

Tomorrow: Northern Blues v WERRIBEE TIGERS, 2pm, Visy Park.

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