GREATER Western Sydney have turned to veteran star Steve Johnson as they look to jump start their AFL finals campaign.
Johnson was dropped for the Giants’ qualifying final loss to Adelaide, but returns with fellow inclusion Tim Taranto for Saturday night’s semi-final encounter with West Coast at Spotless Stadium.
The pair replace Jeremy Cameron (hamstring) and Shane Mumford (foot) who are out for the rest of the season.
Former Western Bulldogs skipper Ryan Griffen was given another week to prove he has overcome an ankle injury suffered in round three.
Forward Rory Lobb has been named in the lead ruck role, with the Giants deciding against bringing in specialist ruckman Dawson Simpson.
He is an emergency with Harry Perryman and Sam Reid.
The Eagles made just one unforced change, bringing in experienced hand Sharrod Wellingham at the expense of Luke Partington.
Coach Adam Simpson resisted the temptation to bring back star ruckman Nic Naitanui for his first game of the season.
In key selection news for Friday night’s semi-final at the MCG, Geelong recalled forward Dan Menzel for the clash with Sydney after he was controversially left out of the Cats’ qualifying final loss to Richmond.
Darcy Lang is also in, with Cameron Guthrie (calf) and Jordan Murdoch (omitted) departing the side.
The Swans stuck with the same 22 that demolished Essendon in last week’s elimination final at the SCG.
Out-of-favour ruck-forward Kurt Tippett didn’t even make Sydney’s emergency list, which is comprised of Aliir Aliir, Daniel Robinson and Lewis Melican.
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