It took just one league appearance for Alroy Gilligan to remind Claremont selectors of what he can bring to their finals campaign.
Gilligan didn't waste time making an impression at Claremont Oval on Saturday in his return to the league leaders' line-up.
The 22-year-old booted three goals from 20 disposals as the hosts shrugged off a sluggish first term to dispose of Peel Thunder by 81 points, 20.12 (132) to 7.9 (51).
The performance effectively ended a two-month exile for Gilligan.
The former Richmond rookie and WAFL premiership player was dumped to the amateurs in June as punishment after failing to turn up to a Claremont reserves game.
He has concentrated on building his fitness and showed against Peel the X-factor he can bring to a side in genuine premiership mode.
Tigers football manager Dean Horsington said Gilligan had slotted seamlessly back into the line-up.
"He's definitely got genuine leg speed," Horsington said. "Not that we don't have that, but he is a massive asset with the way he can break the lines with his speed and use of the football."
Horsington said the lively forward had well and truly moved on from his indiscretion.
It came after he was dropped following the club's one-point loss to East Perth in round 12.
"He knew he'd made a mistake," Horsington said. "No one's going to hang him on it. He's done the hard work since.
"He's really worked on his fitness as well to be able to play league footy.
"He's shown some really good discipline since that little hiccup."
Claremont had their usual spread of contributors in stretching their unbeaten run to six.
Kane Mitchell continued his impressive season with a game-high 10 tackles and seven inside-50s to go with 25 possessions.
Jesse Laurie was outstanding in a stingy Tigers defence and Jack Bradshaw was an aerial threat.
Bradshaw finished with three goals but provided the one concern for Claremont after injuring an ankle in the final term.
He is expected to miss up to two matches.
Horsington said the team was used to change and could comfortably cover for Bradshaw.There was no need to settle on their best starting 22 between now and the finals.
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