Aaron Sandilands. Picture: John Mokrzycki/The West Australian.
Aaron Sandilands. Picture: John Mokrzycki/The West Australian.

West Coast premiership star Ryan Turnbull says Fremantle should take advantage of their tall timber and play Aaron Sandilands, Jonathon Griffin and Kepler Bradley in the same team in a bid to make the finals.

Sandilands is likely to be passed fit to play against Richmond at Patersons Stadium on Saturday after recovering from turf toe.

The three-times All-Australian hasn't played since the opening minutes of round 11 but trained well yesterday and appears ready to play.

Turnbull said Sandilands had spent too long on the sidelines to return as the No.1 ruckman.

He said players who returned from long-term injury would ideally resume in the WAFL, but the Dockers couldn't consider that so late in the season.

Turnbull said it was time for Fremantle to experiment and play the three big men in the same team for the first time.

"I'd keep Griffin (and Bradley), put Aaron on interchange and swing him between ruck and forward. I think Kepler should keep his spot so long as his form is going well," Turnbull said.

"When Kepler's played, they've won more than 70 per cent of their games this year.

"It takes a few games to get every- thing back working and having a foot injury, Aaron wouldn't have been able to do a lot of the conditioning work required to maintain fitness.

"It could be a massive bonus (to have all three) because Pavlich is on fire and he can play across centre half- forward, the next option is a long bomb to the top of the square and it's near on impossible to defend someone who is seven foot tall."

"He'll bring the ball to ground and bring some smalls into it or mark the ball himself. It's like the Cox scenario with the Eagles.

"He's at his best on the ball but when he goes forward it changes the complexion of the opposition's defence."

Chris Mayne trained yesterday in a sign that he had recovered from the knock which forced him to be subbed out of last Saturday's loss to Adelaide.

Nat Fyfe (ankle) didn't train.

Fremantle are outside the eight on percentage and must win to keep their finals hopes alive.

Coach Ross Lyon indicated the match committee were prepared to be brutal at selection.

"It's horses for courses. We've got a ruthless edge to our match committee at the minute. We'll pick what needs to be done," Lyon told 6PR.

"I'd keep Griffin (and Bradley), put Aaron on interchange and swing him between ruck and forward. It could be a massive bonus."" Premiership ruckman *Ryan Turnbull * on playing three talls

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