Adam Saad admits he's still pinching himself at the prospect of joining AFL 'brother' Bachar Houli in a star-studded Victorian line-up to face the All-Stars in the bushfire relief match.
The dashing defender is Essendon's sole representative in Friday night's charity game at Marvel Stadium.
But he'll see at least one familiar face when he reports to training at the Docklands venue on Thursday afternoon.
"I call Bachar my brother, I've looked up to him since he started. We speak once or twice a week and we're very close," Saad said of the Richmond dual-premiership defender.
"To play alongside him on the half-back flank (will be great).
"I don't know if there will be much defending - hopefully there will be - but we're just really privileged to be able to pull on the jumper and help out a great cause.
"For me to represent Victoria it's a privilege and honour and I really can't wait."
Saad spoke to reporters on Wednesday at CFA Headquarters where he was on hand to help unveil the special Sherrins that will be used on Friday night.
Sherrin has produced an orange ball, the colour worn by State Emergency Service workers, featuring the names of football clubs from 230 towns ravaged by bushfires.
Australian Associated Press