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Pick a Winner: Coll v GWS Duck and Browny preview the preliminary final between the Magpies and Giants

MAGPIE Ben Reid is a confirmed starter for his first match in almost three months in Saturday's preliminary final against Greater Western Sydney at the MCG. 

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There are no late changes, with both teams as selected on Thursday night.

Reid produced some good form as a key forward in Mason Cox's absence earlier in the season before calf and hamstring issues threatened to end his season – and potentially his career. 

Instead, the 30-year-old has a big role to play for Collingwood in what will be his first senior appearance since round 15. 

Superstar Jordan De Goey's hamstring setback opened a spot in the forward line for Reid, while James Aish returns for his first game since round 18 as Levi Greenwood's replacement.

James Aish is back for the Pies. Picture: AFL Photos

Greenwood ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Pies' qualifying final defeat of Geelong a fortnight ago.

The Giants turned to former Collingwood big man Lachie Keeffe and seven-gamer Ian 'Bobby' Hill as cover for big-name teammates Lachie Whitfield (appendix) and Toby Greene (suspension).

The Magpies are gunning to make their sixth Grand Final since 2002, whereas GWS is trying to qualify for a maiden decider.

Damien Hardwick's Richmond, which came from 21 points behind at half-time to defeat the Cats on Friday night, is waiting for Saturday's winner.

Preliminary final: Collingwood v Greater Western Sydney at the MCG, 4.35pm AEST


Collingwood: James Aish, Chris Mayne, Callum Brown, Rupert Wills
Greater Western Sydney: Adam Tomlinson, Harry Himmelberg, Daniel Lloyd, Adam Kennedy