East Point veteran ruckman Paul Koderenko will launch a late bid to play in the Ballarat Football League senior finals when he lines up in the reserves on Saturday.
Last year's premiership captain has made just four senior appearances this season after a shortened pre-season
He last played in round five against Melton South.
Troubled by knee wear and tear, Koderenko's absence has left an inexperienced Jaykeb Lench to lead a depleted ruck division.
Mitch Walsh, Joel Van Meel and Dallas Martin have provided support, but this has caused issues in defence for the Roos.
Koderenko acted as a senior runner last round as a final fitness test. This will be his only chance to convince coach Jake Bridges he is ready for finals, with East Point having a bye in the last home and away round.
With the Roos having already secured a top two spot, Koderneko could still also be tested in the reserves in the first week of finals.