There will be no easing back for Aidan Corr should he play on Saturday night, when the GWS defender could be given the all-important task of stopping AFL superstar Lance Franklin.
The Giants continue to sweat on the availability of co-captain Phil Davis, who rolled his left ankle during their shock loss to Fremantle in Canberra on Saturday.
Davis, who kept Franklin goal-less in last year's elimination final, could yet feature in this weekend's SCG derby. But GWS will obviously take no risks with their co-captain.
If Davis is forced to sit on the sidelines then Corr, who hasn't played AFL since round 17 of the 2018 season because of groin injuries, is likely to be called up.
"Aidan has had a really good stint in the reserves, so whether or not he gets the job I'm not 100 per cent sure," GWS vice-captain Stephen Coniglio said.
"He (Davis) is in good spirits and trying to get it right as quick as possible.
"He's one of our co-captains and (vital) in that back line with his communication and ability to stop the opposition's best forward."
Coniglio admitted Davis' on-field leadership would be sorely missed, especially with co-captain Callan Ward also unavailable because of a season-ending knee injury.
Coniglio, who has proven in recent weeks that contract speculation will not affect his form, is likely to lead his club if Davis is an enforced omission.
"I can't remember playing a game without at least one of them (Davis and Ward) in the team," the foundation Giant said.
"They've both been very durable and are really professional."
Franklin, who was racing the clock to be fit for round one after undergoing off-season groin surgery, booted four goals in the Swans' last-start loss to Richmond.
"Buddy is back up and firing .. he's getting back to some good form and has put in some great shifts against us at the SCG (over the years)," Coniglio said.
"He's a freak of an athlete and one of the better players to play the game."
Australian Associated Press