Richmond superstar Dustin Martin is the first player Victoria coach Damien Hardwick has selected for the State of Origin match for bushfire relief.
Martin said it would be an honour to pull on the ‘Big V’ on February 28 at Marvel Stadium to help raise vital funds for rural communities affected by bushfires.
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“I can’t imagine how hard it must be for the families and communities that have lost everything in the bushfires,” Martin told the Herald Sun.
“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.
“I hope we can get as many people along as possible and raise a lot of much-needed funds."
The news of Martin's inclusion comes as the AFL unveiled both teams' coaching panels, with Hardwick and All-Stars coach John Longmire flanked by some of the games best minds.
Four-time premiership coach Alastair Clarkson, Richmond assistant Adam Kingsley, Gold Coast assistant Dean Solomon and Collingwood assistant Robert Harvey will join Hardwick's Victorian coaching panel.
Gold Coast senior coach Stuart Dew, Port Adelaide assistant Michael Voss, GWS assistant Mark McVeigh, Western Bulldogs assistant Joel Corey and Sydney Assistant Dean Cox head up the All-Stars coaches box.