WA captain Brendan Lee says the Black Swans team named to take on a NEAFL representative side in Sydney on Saturday is as strong as any he has seen during his time in the WAFL.
Sandover medallist Rory O'Brien was recalled to the training squad last night at the expense of injured East Fremantle teammate Bradd Dalziell (quad), but was left out of the final 23-man travelling party.
Subiaco's Chris Deluca also missed out.
Lee represented WA in 2011 and 2013, either side of a stint with Essendon, and backed the Black Swans to build on last year's impressive win over Victoria.
The Royals midfielder will captain the WA side for the first time, with Perth skipper Paul Bevan and Swan Districts defender Tallan Ames named as his vice-captains.
"(WA coach) Bill Monaghan has put a side together that's balanced and can win the game," Lee said.
"There are a lot of strengths that complement each other."
Lee has played just two games for East Perth in 2014 after breaking a finger and didn't think he would make the State squad.
"I only had a couple of games to impress and I didn't think it would be enough," Lee said.
The WA squad leaves Perth today.
The game was to be a curtain-raiser to the Greater Western Sydney-Richmond match, but has been moved to Blacktown amid fears about the Spotless Stadium surface.
Bouncedown is at 10am WA time. The game will be streamed live on the NEAFL website.