Kyle Mueller became the greatest super sub in the history of the Goulburn Valley League yesterday in extraordinary circumstances.
The rising star was knocked out cold in the first minute of the match and had to be carried from Deakin Reserve on a stretcher with a neck brace supporting his head.
But Mueller remarkably returned after the main break to impact the game with fresh legs, booting two goals in the final term as the Bombers strode confidently towards back-to-back flags.
‘‘It was lights out, but I passed the test and just waited a bit extra than normal just to make sure I was right,’’ Mueller said.
‘‘It would have been nice to play the full game, but I’ll take it, that’s for sure.’’
After missing last year’s premiership, Mueller made sure he stamped his authority on this season’s biggest stage, kick-starting the fun for Kyabram late in the game.
‘‘It was pretty special wasn’t it, I was just happy to get back on the ground, to be honest,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s been pretty special, Petts (teammate Kayne Pettifer) just sort of helped me out along the way and I just can’t be thankful enough for the opportunities that I’ve gotten along the way.’’
You would not know it from his exuberant goal celebrations, but Mueller is an unassuming figure off the field.
He finished the season with 64 goals — equal second in the competition with James Wong — and sounded a warning to anyone in the competition who might think the Bombers would rest on their laurels.
‘‘We’ll have to go again, won’t we?’’ Mueller said.