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Time to put hand up

IF Woolgoolga are going to make the 2007 Carlton Mid Group 2 semi-finals, then victory at home tomorrow against Sawtell is essential.

After finishing third the past two years and being desperately close to the grand final both times, Woolgoolga's form so far this year has been one of the bigger disappointments of the season.

"We're desperate for a win, there's no doubt about that," Woolgoolga's captain/coach Michael Close admitted yesterday.

"It's certainly a good time to have some names back."

When Close says some big names, he isn't kidding either.

Making an almost miraculous recovery to return to the bench tomorrow is veteran prop Lee Harvey.

Star centre Drew Vines also comes back into the team as does halfback Ryan Farrell.

Not many outside the club would have heard of Farrell but Close says that he is a player to keep an eye on.

"He's a player that I'm really excited with," the coach admitted.

"I thought he would've made the Group team after the Sevens and our trial against Manly but he did his hamstring in the Manly game and he's been out since then."

The Seahorses have been missing a lot of their key playmakers this year but now that the team is returning to the line-up that Close had earmarked at the start of the year, he's able to look forward with some confidence.

"After Sawtell, we've got Bellingen, Nambucca Heads and then the bye," he said.

"If we can beat Sawtell then we possibly pick up eight points over the next month and then all of a sudden we're back in it.

"We have to get over Sawtell first this weekend. It really is a must win game for us."

Trouble is, Woolgoolga ? even with your gun players back in the team as well as a home ground advantage, beating Sawtell is never an easy first assignment.