St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor has named his mandatory 21-man squad ahead of the Dragons' Finals Week One clash against the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, September 9.
Skipper Gareth Widdop has been named to play at five-eighth, five weeks after dislocating his shoulder against the Parramatta Eels.
Kurt Mann drops back to the interchange at the expense of Jai Field.
Jason Nightingale (elbow) and Euan Aitken (hamstring) have also been named in the reserves and could potentially make their returns in Brisbane.
The match will be played as a double header with the Dragons' inaugural Women's Premiership clash scheduled to kick-off at 1:45pm.
NRL squad for Elimination Final v Brisbane Broncos
1. Matt Dufty – sponsored by Illawarra Mercury/St George & Sutherland Shire Leader
2. Nene Macdonald – sponsored by Relativity in the Loop
3. Zac Lomax – sponsored by University of Wollongong
4. Tim Lafai – sponsored by Kingsgrove Sports Centre
5. Jordan Pereira – sponsored by SMAI
6. Gareth Widdop (c) – sponsored by Dynamic Projects
7. Ben Hunt– sponsored by Paul's Customs and Forwarding Solutions
8. James Graham – sponsored by EFEX
9. Cameron McInnes – sponsored by Floormania
10. Leeson Ah Mau – sponsored by My Muscle Chef
11. Tyson Frizell – sponsored by Val Morgan
12. Tariq Sims – sponsored by Stonemasons & Landscapers (since 1970)
13. Jack de Belin – sponsored by Wollongong Jetski
14. Jeremy Latimore – sponsored by Addbuild Additions
15. Kurt Mann – sponsored by Wollongong Diagnostics
16. Blake Lawrie – sponsored by Westfund
17. Luciano Leilua – sponsored by Domus Lighting
18. Jason Nightingale
19. Euan Aitken
20. Jacob Host
21. Hame Sele