Key forward Ashley Hansen is on track to make a shock return for Swan Districts in tomorrow's first semifinal against East Perth at Steel Blue Oval.
The former West Coast spearhead has been named to play for Swans in what the club hopes will be the first of three WAFL games for him in 2013, culminating in the grand final at Patersons Stadium on September 22.
Hansen, an Eagles (2006) and Swan Districts (2010) premiership player, has not played in the WAFL since last year's preliminary final loss to East Fremantle.
He has been working as a development coach and runner with the Western Bulldogs after returning home to Victoria before the start of the season.
Hansen is eligible for tomorrow's elimination final after being added to Swans' list before their last home-and-away match.
The 30-year-old was included in a squad of 26 with retired West Coast utility player Andrew Embley, key defender Justin Simpson and ex-Collingwood squad member Jarrad Blight.
Simpson could have a fitness test as late as tomorrow morning after missing Swans' 18-point win against West Perth last Saturday with an ankle injury.
The 25-year-old had lined up in the first 15 games of the season but only two quarters of the last five home-and-away matches due to calf and ankle soreness.
Swans coach Greg Harding said Simpson was crucial to the club's first semifinal chances against East Perth.
"We have spoken about big bodies like (Josh) Smith and (Scott) Lycett and potentially (Brock) Higgins," Harding said.
"You need to control those big bodies and Justin Simpson is one of the most courageous players going around in the WAFL. When you need someone to go back with the flight and stand under it, Justin is the one that always does that.
"He's crucial for our chances and we will be giving him as long as we possibly can for him to get up."
Claremont also had good news, with the return of captain Andrew Browne for the second semifinal against West Perth at Claremont Oval tomorrow.
Browne missed the last two qualifying matches of the season after dislocating a shoulder against Swans on August 18.
Tigers officials weren't prepared to take any risks with their inspirational skipper, who played in the 2011 premiership but missed last year's grand final win against East Fremantle with a hamstring injury.
Coach Marc Webb said Browne had completed all his rehabilitation and trained soundly during the week.
"Our expectation is that Browney should be right," Webb said.
"He's had some bad luck but he will do his best to get up.
"Browney is a guy that always puts the team first and he will tell us if he's right or not."
West Perth full-back Dan Hunt will play his 150th game, earning club life membership.
Coach Bill Monaghan said Hunt, a likely match-up for Chad Jones or Anton Hamp tomorrow, had been "outstanding over a number of years" at West Perth.
"He's not the biggest body but he's really dependable," Monaghan said."Dan's really excited about his 150th game and what better stage to play it than in a second semifinal."