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Rob Forrest has made such a rapid recovery from a knee reconstruction that he will attempt an audacious bid to add a third premiership to the two flags he won with Subiaco last decade.

The dashing half-back was ruled out for the season after surgery in March to repair his torn right anterior cruciate ligament.

But Forrest has been running well for the past few weeks and is eyeing a remarkable five-month return from the operation.

Subiaco will consider playing him in the round 21 reserves match against Claremont after their bye this week to assess whether he could make a league comeback in the finals.

"He is a genuine chance," coach Jarrad Schofield said.

The pre-season injury was the second time Forrest ruptured the same ligament after having a LARS procedure in 2010 to graft a synthetic ligament into the joint.

"It was just a simple change of direction," Forrest said after tearing the ligament for the second time in a practice match in February.

"I planted my foot and went to turn but instead of planting on grass I planted on a teammate's boot and the rest is history."

Forrest, 28, made a bright start to his career with premiership wins in 2007 and 2008 as one of the WAFL's prime rebounding defenders.

But his career stalled in between another two grand final appearances in 2009 and 2011 as the two knee reconstructions and other injuries restricted him to just 45 games in the past five seasons.

Subiaco have one of the most balanced teams in the competition but have a defence that would welcome Forrest to complement the experience of Darren Rumble, Clancy Wheeler and Wayde Twomey.

Defender Abe Davey tore a hamstring against East Perth last week as he played his first league match since damaging a knee in April.

Teenager Declan Jackson made his debut in the solid win over East Perth while Daniel Leishman and Charles Le Fanu have been unheralded members of the division.

The Subiaco back line is the best in the WAFL at preventing opposition goals with majors coming from just 24.2 per cent of opposition forward 50 entries.

The West Australian

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