NORTH Launceston’s finals’ chances will be boosted by the return of former AFL star and marquee recruit Chris Tarrant for this week’s State League penultimate round clash against Devonport.
Tarrant is expected to be available for the Bombers’ last two roster matches including the final round fixture against Western Storm.
He is also contracted to play finals which would a significant fillip for the club.
‘‘Having Chris coming back is a pretty handy in for us,’’ Littlejohn said.
‘‘He is available for the next two and the rest of the year if we make the finals.
‘‘He’s really keen and hasn’t played in a premiership since he was 17 and has been keen all year to push and help us get to a spot where we can play final’s footy.’’
The Bombers lose Dakota Bannister for the Magpies’ clash with a two-week suspension.
Devonport is coming off a victory over Launceston and will fancy its chances of upsetting the Bombers.
The Magpies should be at full strength with Nathan Rataj, Brayden Stevenson, Brandt Lee and Jordan Smith named to return and Ward Rakei the only omission.
Western Storm has three important additions for its game against Launceston with Tassie Mariners captain Tim Jones, experienced premiership defender Clinton Drake and forward Shaun Collis returning to strengthen the line-up.
Ruckman Cody Thorp remains sidelined with a knee injury.
Launceston also regains four important players with Rohan Sergeant, Jake Rice, Tom Cleary and Hamish Leedham expected back to take on the Storm.
Burnie retains a full-strength squad as it attempts to keep its finals’ chances alive in a vital game against Clarence at West Park.
The Roos have lost three in a row but have a couple of handy inclusions with Brady Jones and Jaymes Baker named to return.