Federal will welcome back experienced ruckman Steve Bradshaw and coach Steve Fouracre for its clash with arch rivals Corryong at Corryong Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
With the Upper Murray on a bye last weekend, Bradshaw lodged a clearance to return to Barnawartha for a one-off appearance against Chiltern, following the loss of a family member.
Bradshaw was named best afield in the reserves for the Tallangatta league outfit and will be a vital inclusion for Federal.
He hasn't managed a game for the Swans since May 4 after featuring in the club's two victories to start the season against Border Walwa and Corryong.
"Because they played Chiltern there was going to be a lot of people and we had the bye, so it was just a one-off," Federal vice-president Jonothan Pole explained.
"I've got to go online and lodge a clearance for him to come back.
"We couldn't afford to lose him."
Fouracre has returned from overseas and will take the reins back from carertaker coach Troy Price.
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Federal were comfortable 102-point winners last time they met the Demons, but Pole knows it won't be as lopsided as the previous occasion.
"It's always big," Pole said.
"It doesn't matter where you are on the ladder, it's always big and both sides battle away.
"We''ll see how we go."
The Swans were 129-point winners over Border Walwa prior to the Queen's Birthday bye, while Corryong came up 10 points short against Tumbarumba.
Bullioh is expected to bounce back from its loss against Cudgewa when it hosts Border Walwa.
The Bulldogs relinquished top spot when they fell to the Blues by 40 points before the break.
Tumbarumba will look to claim a big scalp when they face Cudgewa.
The Roos sit two games clear of Corryong in the top-four, but can't afford to take the foot off the pedal.
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