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Headland roars back at Lions
Des Headland. Pic: Lincoln Baker/WAN

Des Headland will attempt to return to league football this season after reversing a decision to retire after last year's WAFL grand final.

Headland, who played in a Brisbane premiership before adding 114 matches for Fremantle, has been training with Subiaco again and says he's in better condition than this time last year.

He has set himself to play in Subiaco's scratch match against Perth on March 10 and intends to make a league comeback if he acquits himself well in that game.

Headland, 31, said he was feeling and moving better than at the same time last year and hoped to be fit enough to play for another season.

He was confident that he could play a similar attacking role to that filled by evergreen rover Allistair Pickett, who was 38 when he retired after Subiaco's grand final loss to Claremont last year.

Pickett spent the last few seasons of his career as an effective burst player in Subiaco's forward line.

Headland has played 34 matches for Subiaco, half of them in his debut season in 1998. But he was restricted to just nine games last season as he battled a series of leg injuries.

One of his best performances came in the grand final when he kicked two early goals and remained influential despite a quadriceps injury.

Gold Coast forward Nathan Krakouer is training with Claremont as he contemplates a return to senior football.

Krakouer remains on the Suns list but was released from his contract in December after asking to return to WA for personal reasons.

Gold Coast have given him permission to train with Claremont.

The 23-year-old is significantly above his playing weight and unlikely to join full training for weeks.

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