Thorp adds more power to Storm

WESTERN Storm regains ruckman Cody Thorp from suspension for his first game of the 2014 TSL season, adding more valuable height and experience to the line-up for its clash with cross-town rival North Launceston tomorrow night.

Thorp was suspended in South Launceston's grand final victory last season, and his return to the ruck will free up coach Mitch Hills to play as another twin tower target up forward with Bart McCulloch.

The Storm  will be full of confidence coming off its Foxtel Cup victory over West Adelaide on Tuesday, and coach Mitch Hills said he did not expect the four-day turnaround to adversely affect his side.

``We had a big break leading into the game and it was short quarters and the feedback from the boys was that it wasn't that hard to run out,'' Hills said.

``It was a very physical, inside contest but the boys are feeling OK - there's a few sore boys obviously but we have had a couple of days' recovery with lots of stretching and pool sessions and training really lightly tonight just to get a touch of the footy again.''

The Storm also included Shaun Collis for the game against the Bombers, with the Evandale recruit being one of their better players and kicking two goals in the Foxtel Cup win.

NORTH LAUNCESTON could regain the experienced Allan O'Sign from a hamstring injury.

O'Sign will face a fitness test in possibly the only change for Zane Littlejohn's side from  the one that lost to Clarence.

Littlejohn expected a tough encounter against the Storm in the Aurora Stadium rivalry clash with their new co-tenants.

``They were impressive the other night and no doubt they are a good side, and if their good players are up and playing they are going to be really hard to beat, and they proved that when they beat West Adelaide on Tuesday night,'' he said.

LAUNCESTON will be without three of its most experienced players, making a difficult road trip to Bellerive Oval to play ladder-leader Clarence that much harder.

Beau Green and Gary Shipton are unavailable and Brennan Savage has been omitted.

``It's not great to lose our three most experienced players but it gives an opportunity for three boys to step up and show their worth at TSL level,'' coach Scott Stephens said.

``Brennan is clearly not getting through games at the moment and he needs to make some decisions, and we need to get him 100 per cent right and fit to play or we look to other options.''

DEVONPORT lost Corey Plumbridge  with an ankle injury for its clash with Hobart City.

BURNIE faces a long road trip to Kingborough to play the Tigers still looking for its first win, and regained Penguin recruit Chris McDonald.

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