As many as 15 of Claremont's 2011 premiership side could play tomorrow's round-one clash against Perth at Brownes Stadium.
The Tigers bounced back from the disappointment of losing the 2010 season decider by one point to Swan Districts by taking out last year's flag with a convincing 56-point win over Subiaco.
Missing from the premiership side will be Beau Wilkes, who was drafted by St Kilda, defenders Jess Laurie, Brandon Franz and Andrew Browne, forward Gerrick Weedon, Clancy Rudeforth and Brett Jones.
Captain Rudeforth and hard-running defender Jones retired after the grand final and Weedon was named in the West Coast squad for the NAB Cup grand final clash with Adelaide at AAMI Stadium.
Browne, who replaced Rudeforth as skipper, will miss up to three weeks after ankle surgery and Laurie and Franz will start the season in the reserves.
Losing Simpson medallist Wilkes, Jones and Rudeforth was a tough start for rookie league coach Marc Webb.
But the return of Paul Medhurst (Collingwood) and Jarryd Morton (Hawthorn) from the AFL will help compensate for that loss.
Webb, a four-times premiership player with Subiaco, took the reins from Simon McPhee who joined St Kilda as a development coach.
Morton and Medhurst were named in the Tigers squad of 26 with nine other players who did not line up in the grand final. Among that group are Fremantle's Nick Suban, West Coast's Ryan Neates, Jeremy McGovern and Anton Hamp and former Eagles squad member James Thomson.
Prized Perth recruit Leon Davis will miss the game because of a suspension incurred in last year's AFL grand final.Claremont have dominated in games against Perth at Brownes Stadium, the Demons winning once in the past 20 years and just three times since 1986.
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