NORTH Ballarat Rebels go into a TAC Cup preliminary final at full strength against Oakleigh Chargers at Carlton's Visy Park tomorrow.
Jesse Murphy returns to the fold at full forward, while Ash Simpson is also back and a definite starter.
Each has been battling injury.
Murphy, who has also had to overcome illness, showed he was ready to line up for the Rebels again with a seven-goal haul for Warrack Eagles against the all-conquering Horsham Demons in a Wimmera Football League final.
Simpson has not played since his part for St Patrick's College in the Herald Sun Shield grand final, but has convinced coach David Loader he is fully fit.
Hayden Riley and Dean Robertson were also last night added to the squad as part of an extended interchange.
The Rebels had to do it hard to get over Sandringham Dragons in a qualifying final, but they will have taken plenty out of that performance.
North Ballarat has an impressive goal-to-goal line of Tim Mackenzie, Michael Close, Nick Rippon, Tanner Smith and Murphy, but it will only go as well as the players around the spine perform.
The Rebels defeated Oakleigh earlier in the season, but it is impossible to put too much emphasis on that result.
The match took place during the national under-18 championships when both teams were missing key players.
In the other preliminary final, Gippsland Power meets Sandringham Dragons at the earlier time of 11.15am.