NORTH Launceston’s push for its first State League premiership was given a boost yesterday when Chris Tarrant was given the all clear to play in the grand final.
The former Collingwood and Fremantle star was sweating on the outcome of a match review committee decision after he was reported in Saturday’s second semi-final.
‘‘Chris is clear to go and it was the news we wanted,’’ North Launceston coach Zane Littlejohn said.
Tarrant was made a pre-hearing offer of 67 carry-over points with an early guilty plea with no suspension, after the match review committee took into account the 33-year-old’s good record.
He had been reported for striking Clarence’s Brady Jones in an off-the-ball incident in the last quarter of the second semi-final at Bellerive.
‘‘Chris is keen and excited to play in another grand final,’’ Littlejohn said.
Tarrant’s last grand final appearance was in 2011 when Collingwood was beaten by Geelong.
Tarrant has been a ‘‘fly-in’’ player for North Launceston this season and played in both finals victories in the past fortnight.
He kicked six goals in the 82-point win over Western Storm in the qualifying final and then one goal in the low-scoring second semi-final.
Littlejohn said Tarrant had offered to fly to Tasmania in the middle of next week to train and prepare with his teammates.
North Launceston will train on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday next week with Littlejohn not discounting Tarrant to be here for the last two sessions.
‘‘I’m yet to speak to him about his work availability but we’ll put a plan together,’’ he said.
Zach Burt, sidelined in the second semi-final because of suspension, is free to play in the grand final and Littlejohn said he would be in the mix for selection.
North Launceston’s win over Clarence has assured the State League grand final will be played at Aurora Stadium on September 20.