Brayden Webb is back for this Saturday's huge clash between Glenorchy and Clarence at KGV.
After missing the best part of two seasons due to major knee surgery, 'Pidge' returned as a forward in 2021 and booted 7 goals in his opening five games, averaging 15 possessions and 3 tackles to be an important part of the Magpie attack.
Unfortunately the injury bug bit once more soon after, but the 30-year-old premiership captain has recovered a from a hamstring tear and is ready to make an impact as the RSEA Magpies look to topple Clarence for the first time this season.
Great mates reunited
Remarkably, it will be the first time great mates and club stalwarts Webb, Josh Arnold and Daniel Joseph will have played together since the Heritage Game in Round 2 of 2019.
Joseph would sadly rupture his ACL on that day, Webb would tear multiple ligaments a month later, while Arnold broke his ankle in a practice game earlier this season.
Of interest, since Joseph returned from the NEAFL in 2018, Glenorchy have a 10-5 record with this terrific trio on the field. From 2015 onwards it is an even more impressive 33-11. Will that winning trend continue on Saturday?
Better with the skipper
"What Pidge gives is great leadership, he is super-dependable in every contest he's in, and he still has a bag of tricks he's able to dig into whenever he's in traffic," coach Paul Kennedy said.
"Obviously we're not expecting him to dominate first game back, but we know we're a much better team for having Pidge out there.
"I'm really happy for him, Jez and DJ that they finally get to play together again. Footy is about the thrill you get playing with your mates who you've grown to trust on the footy field, and enjoying that winning feeling together, and hopefully these three get to sing the song on Saturday."
First bounce is 1.30pm at KGV.
The RSEA Magpies' development team has won five of their past sixth games - their only loss a one-point thriller to first-placed Launceston - and they will be looking to hand Clarence just their second defeat of the season.
First bounce is 11am in the curtain raiser.