Lake Wendouree veteran Tim Malone will make a one-off appearance with Casterton-Sandford in the Western Border Football League on Saturday.
Malone is originally from Casterton.
He said he had once held hopes of finishing his career with the Cats, but being settled with family and employment in Ballarat that was not going to happen.
Malone said with Casterton-Sandford coached by a mate, he was taking the opportunity to line up against East Gambier.
A 2010 premiership player with Lake Wendouree, Malone returned to Lakers as coach last year after a stint with Springbank in the CHFL.
He led Lake Wendouree to the minor premiership before standing alside after losing the preliminary final.
Malone will line up alongside former Redan players Callum Currie and Gus Cleary, who have returned to Casterton-Sandford this season.
Currie was the Cats’ best player in an opening round win over West Gambier, kicking three goals.
Lake Wendouree has a bye in round one, delaying its start to the season until Saturday, April 28, when it players Ballarat Swans under lights at CE Brown Reserve.