The Western Bulldogs look to have settled on their early-season ruck combination, with late bolter Tom Campbell dropped from this week's final round of the NAB Cup.
Man mountain Campbell made an impressive debut as the Dogs lost by 23 points to North Melbourne in Ballarat last week.
But the 20-year-old rookie was left out of a full-strength Bulldogs side named to play Geelong on Saturday with young duo Ayce Cordy and Jordan Roughead given the nod to support senior big man Will Minson in the ruck.
"It's a good headache for us to have as a match committee. Tommy got his opportunity last week and delivered and he has been really exciting," assistant coach Steven King said on Friday.
"I guess it's just the situation we're in now with Will (Minson) coming back, having kicked four (goals) himself the week before."
While King admitted first-year player Campbell needed further development, he hinted the 201cm/101kg Bendigo Bombers recruit was a prime candidate to be elevated to the senior list this season.
"If he keeps continuing to impress the way he has I'm sure there will be an opportunity for him."
"I am pretty excited with the four young ruckmen we have got here. Even on the weekend we will just try to work which ruck options work best for us."
"All four ruckmen will get a chance during the year. It's just a matter of which ones are in form and as Tommy showed on the weekend there's going to be plenty of pressure on all four of them to perform each week which is a really healthy thing to have," King said.
The Dogs will regain big guns including captain Matthew Boyd, Daniel Cross, Bob Murphy, Adam Cooney, Liam Jones, Ryan Hargrave and Liam Picken for the match against the reigning premiers at Simonds Stadium.
It's an important test for Cooney, who has had an injury-plagued summer and has failed to play consecutive matches this preseason.
"We have upped his training in each two-week block (of the NAB Cup). We were never going to risk him up at North Ballarat on a harder ground," King said.
"We will give him a full hitout this week and he will have another week to get over it (before Round 1).
"It's a three-and-one interchange again this week so we would like to see Adam play at least 80 percent."
Former Geelong captain King said he was looking forward to reliving old memories at the ground where he started his 240-game before moving to St Kilda.
"I haven't been involved in a game of footy down at Kardinia Park for a while now. It's always exciting coming up against your old mates."