Brant Chambers has been identified as the weapon Subiaco need to fire over the next month if they are to make a late run for the finals.
The former SANFL champion, who returned to Perth at the start of the season after a year out of the game, is slowly finding the touch that made him such a dangerous player during a decade with Sturt.
And after passing a rare mile-stone, the WAFL's oldest player looms as one of the key figures who could lift Subiaco from sixth place into the top four.
"Chambo could be our weapon over the next month or so," Subiaco coach Chris Waterman said on the eve of the match against Peel.
"He has been a bit rusty but he produced his best game of the year last time around and is starting to have an impact."
Chambers kicked two goals in Subiaco's last-start win over East Perth to reach 700 career goals - a landmark reached by just 10 other WA-based players.
Chambers kicked a club record 672 during 204 matches for Sturt, added another 14 in four appearances for South Australia and has 14 so far for the Lions.
He is the first local player to reach the mark since former West Coast and South Fremantle forward Peter Sumich finished his career in 1998 with 703 senior goals.
Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich, who has kicked 523 goals, is the only other WA-based player likely to approach the milestone in the next few seasons.
Chambers started with Subiaco in 2000, a fact critical to the WAFL last week downgrading his points value to five, but only played in defence and did not kick a goal.
But he became a scoring machine with Sturt, winning the goal kicking in nine consecutive seasons and helping the club reach finals in all but two years.
Waterman hopes the 32-year-old can have a similar impact with his original team, particularly with State forward Callum Sinclair continuing to battle a knee injury.
"He could have had another 10 or 12 goals given the positions he has put himself in," Waterman said.
"The other players may not have honoured his leads as often as they could have, though that is improving as they grow more familiar with each other.
"The other thing is that he runs like a midfielder. His work rate is going to be rewarded eventually."·Kimberley star Waylen Manson kicked eight goals in a spectacular start to the annual country championships yesterday.
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