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Former AFL star Ronnie Burns to run out for Longwood

Former Geelong and Adelaide AFL player Ronnie Burns has been cleared and will line up for Longwood in this Saturday's Kyabram District Football League match against Merrigum.

OLIVER CAFFREY July 2, 2014 3:19am

Former AFL forward Ronnie Burns will play his first competitive game in two years when he lines up for Longwood on Saturday.

Burns last appeared for Murray Football League side Rumbalara in June 2012 when he booted two goals in a two-point win against Moama.

The former Geelong and Adelaide goal-sneak was cleared by Rumba to the Kyabram District Football League last week after he attempted to play for the Redlegs earlier in the season.

The Redlegs take on premiership contender Merrigum at Longwood Recreation Reserve.

Longwood coach Matthew Chilcott said he was hopeful Burns would play four games this season.

‘‘He’s been to the club a couple of times already and had a look, but now we’re looking forward to finally having him out on the ground,’’ Chilcott said.

‘‘We’re at home for our next two games, so we’re hoping to put in some good performances in those games with him in the side in front of good crowds.’’

Burns played 154 games at the top level between 1996 and 2004, kicking 262 goals.

He said he was eager to get out on the ground and play a role for the Redlegs in the midfield and up forward.

‘‘I spoke to Matty Chilcott the other day and I was pretty surprised when he told me the clearance had gone through,’’ Burns said.

‘‘The body’s going all right, I keep reasonably fit and keep it in good nick, but it will be different trying to run out a full game, but I’ll see how I go.

‘‘It’s a really good club with good people, so I’m looking forward to having a run out there with some of the Tiwi boys.’’

Burns was recently appointed senior assistant coach for Northern Territory Football League side Tiwi Bombers for the 2014-15 season.

He will be the third prominent ex-AFL player to turn out for a KDFL team this season after 2004 Norm Smith medallist Byron Pickett (Longwood) and former Collingwood power forward Anthony Rocca (Tallygaroopna).

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