SON-OF-A-GUN Osca Riccardi will pull on the hoops for the first time after being named in the Bendigo Bank VFL Cats side to take on Sandringham this Sunday.

Riccardi visited the club earlier this year alongside other father-son prospects, plays his football for the Geelong Falcons and is due to turn 18 on August 23.

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“If we’re 50-50 on players in the draft or bringing guys through, we’re biased towards the local guys," Cats coach Chris Scott said in this morning's press conference.

“It has an added impact when there’s a family lineage as well.

“To see the Riccardi name out there, it’s going to be exciting for the Cats supporters.”

Shaun Higgins will return from injury after sitting out since early July following knee surgery.

“He’s fought really hard to give himself the chance,” Scott said.

“He’s been a real asset to us off the field through this period; he’s really invested.

“And he’s just keen to throw everything at it so that if an opportunity arises, he’s ready.

“It’s a good sign.”

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Zach Tuohy and Sam Menegola have also been named for Sunday’s 1:05 clash at GMHBA Stadium.

VFL Round 16 Team

Ins: Z Tuohy, O Riccardi, S Higgins, S Menegola, B Lloyd, O Tate

Outs: J Evans, L Waddell, A Byrne, S Neale, K Chalcraft, C Stephens

Team:

Backs 47. M. Ling 50. D. Capiron 54. O. Tate
Half Backs 41. Z. Williams 17. E. Ratugolea 21. N. Stevens
Centreline 4. S. Higgins 20. J. Willis 10. M. Knevitt
Half Forwards 37. S. Simpson 73. Z. Zdybel 52. J. McLachlan
Forwards 31. F. Evans 36. P. Tsapatolis 28. O Dempsey
Followers 6. T. Conway 19. Q. Narkle 40. L. Dahlhaus
Interchange 27. S. Menegola 57. J. Chalcraft 2. Z. Tuohy
  79. O. Riccardi 74. B. Lloyd  
23rd Player 79. O. Riccardi    
Emergencies 65. J. Evans  56. L. Waddell 78. T. Lovell
  49. R. Abbott 81. A. Byrne. 89. L. Bond