Sydney AFL defender Alex Johnson will make his long awaited comeback tomorrow, after recovering from a fifth knee reconstruction which has prevented him playing a senior game for 1736 days.
Sydney's audacious bid to make the AFL finals faces another test against the last side to make a miraculous charge into the major round.
Bolstering their faint finals hopes with four precious points - rather than getting grand final revenge - will be Sydney's major motivation against the Western Bulldogs tomorrow night.
GWS Giants debutant Tim Taranto has been given a licence to unleash himself on the AFL after learning he will be blooded in the first-round match against the Crows in Adelaide on Sunday.
The injury-hit Crows will face a similarly-depleted Greater Western Sydney outfit to kick off their season, with five senior Giants players unavailable for the Round One clash.
Former South African cricket captain Graeme Smith says Australian skipper Steve Smith looks lost.