Brisbane ready to face GWS star Greene

Brisbane ready to face GWS star Greene

Brisbane midfielder Jarrod Berry says the Lions are ready to give GWS star Toby Greene an early finish to adjust his travel schedule after his recent financial setback.

The Giants midfielder avoided suspension after pleading guilty to a serious misconduct charge at the AFL tribunal on Monday, freeing him to face the Lions in Saturday’s semi-final at the Gabba.

Instead of a ban, Greene was given a $7500 fine for his role in an ugly incident involving Western Bulldogs player Marcus Bontempelli during the first quarter of last Saturday’s elimination final.

Brisbane midfielder Jarrod Berry said the news Greene would be making the trip north didn’t change their plans hugely.

“He got his fine. That’ll hurt his off-season travels,” Berry said.

“It is what it is, we’re prepared to play him or anyone that’s going to be in that team, we’re ready.”

Lions coach Chris Fagan refused to be drawn on whether Greene was lucky to avoid a ban, and pointed out his team had already beaten the Giants this year with the small forward in the opposition.

“The only interest I had on it was whether he was going to be suspended or not and he wasn’t so he’s playing,” Fagan said.

“Toby played last time we played GWS at their ground.

“He’s a terrific player, I’m glad for him that he’s playing and that’s sort of not something I spend any time concerning myself with.”

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