Predicted wet conditions won't influence whether Sydney spearhead Lance Franklin returns from injury to face former AFL club Hawthorn on Friday night at the MCG.
Franklin, who has missed two games with a bruised heel, looked happy and untroubled on Wednesday while warming up with teammates before a closed training session at the SCG.
Beforehand, Sydney coach John Longmire said Franklin had done everything required of him earlier in the week and was a chance of playing on Friday.
"He's been running and pulling up well from that, so that's a good sign, but we know the change of direction and other things are another level on top of that," Longmire said.
"If he gets through a certain amount of training and feels good about that and contributes, then it's about how he pulls up tomorrow."
Melbourne is set for heavy rain on Thursday and Friday, with showers forecast for the evening of the game.
'We've actually packed the flippers and a couple of boats as well," Longmire joked.
He stressed the weather wouldn't be a factor in whether Franklin played.
"I think it will get to a point where, if he'd like to play, he'll play," Longmire said
"From the weather reports, it sounds as though it's going to be really wet. So we'd plan whether it was dry or wet, for him to go through the same process, so that that probably doesn't come into our thinking."
Longmire didn't rule out using a tagger to quell the influence of former Swan Tom Mitchell, the competition's leading possession getter this season.
"You don't go into a game, knowing what Tommy has been able to rack up, and not consider it," Longmire said.
"What you do know is that regardless of whether you've got anyone on him or not, he's going to probably get 15, 20 (disposals) and that's at the very least.
"You understand that he's always going to get the ball - he's a very good player.
"You try and nullify his influence when he's got it, but it's very hard to completely nullify those guys that go in and pick it up from the bottom of the pack, which he's so good at."
Hawthorn beat Sydney twice last year when they did not unduly engage them in their strength of contested play.
Longmire will prepare for both inside and outside strategies from Hawthorn, noting they are among the top pressure teams this season.