TALENTED sportsman Lee McGaffin has thrown off an ankle injury and has been selected for Wynyard in tomorrow's cut- throat NTFL preliminary final against Ulverstone.
McGaffin's chances of playing in the preliminary final appeared slim when he was carried from the ground on a stretcher during last week's game against Latrobe.
The 24-year-old has been able to train strongly this week and was last night picked on a half-back flank.
McGaffin returned to football this year after previously playing SEABL basketball with the North- West Thunder and earlier he had tried out with the West Sydney Razorbacks in the NBL.
Wynyard was able to train on its home ground for the first time in three weeks last night. Only half the ground was available but the players were keen to train under Wynyard's new lights.
The only change made by the Cats was the promotion of young forward James Allen who replaces Anthony Bailey.
The winner of tomorrow's preliminary final at Girdlestone Park will earn the right to play Latrobe in the grand final, while for the loser it is the end of the season.
Ulverstone coach Justin Hays said that even though his team had beaten Wynyard only once in four outings this year he was confident that his young players would rise to the occasion.
"We're a young group who showed plenty of composure against Smithton in the first semi- final," he said.
"They came at us a few times but we were able to regroup and got the job done."
He said it would be important not to let Wynyard dominate periods of the game.
"When they get possession we've got to work hard to get it back as quickly as possible."
Hays will wait until tomorrow before finalising his team with defender Sam Chamberlain having some trouble with an ankle injury but at this stage has named an unchanged line-up.
Hays said there were also a couple of reserves players who had come under consideration.
The coach has again thrown some uncertainty into the Wynyard camp by naming himself as an emergency.
Hays won the Darrel Baldock Medal in 2010 but then spent almost two seasons out of football with a badly injured knee.