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Wests Tigers Head Coach Mick Potter has exclusively revealed to Members the return of a key player from injury ahead of the Round 3 team announcement later today.

The side will be boosted by the return of centre Tim Simona who replaces the injured Chris Lawrence for this Friday’s clash against South Sydney at ANZ Stadium.

Lawrence is likely to miss just one week with a hamstring strain suffered during Sunday’s match against the Gold Coast Titans.

Simona played in the NSW Cup last week and Potter said while it was disappointing to lose Lawrence, the return of Simona is a welcome addition for the clash with South Sydney.

“Tim fortunately had a game in the NSW Cup last week and scored a good try, he didn’t get too many opportunities but that will certainly boost his confidence,” Potter said.

“Coming back into first grade this week he is certainly athletic enough and fit enough, he will slide in like he did last year.

“Chris Lawrence will possibly back the week after and we will keep monitoring his injury throughout the week.

“We will also have Liam Fulton back which is a huge boost for the team, he is tenacious and the guys love playing with him.

“It’s good that we have competition for places and we will see how things roll out.”

With Friday’s match being the Wests Tigers’ first home game of 2014, Simona is excited to make his return in front of the Club’s loyal Members and supporters.

“I’m excited to be back and can’t wait to run out on Friday night,” Simona said.

“Especially because it is our first home game of the year and I’m looking forward to getting out there and ripping in.

“The shoulder is feeling good and I’m hoping everyone can get out there on Friday night to support us.”

The full Wests Tigers team announcement will be announced on later this afternoon.

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