He hasn’t played since Round 5 but Dion Prestia is on track to return for the finals.
Prestia underwent ankle surgery in July after suffering a syndesmosis setback but will take part in match simulation next week and is set to be ready for the finals.
“Dion is a wonderful player – a best and fairest winner – and hasn’t played for us for a long period of time, but he just makes us better by being out there,” Hardwick said.
“If he’s putting his hand up to play, I’m picking him.”
Shai Bolton is certain to be available for the Tigers’ qualifying final after a corked calf prevented him from playing last night, while Tom Lynch will also return from a hamstring injury.