With a spot in the round one side up for grabs, Vice-Captain Tom Scully is looking to put his best foot forward at StarTrack Oval on Sunday after recovering from an ankle injury.

After missing the last five games of the 2014 season with a knee injury, Scully began 2015 fully fit and smashing the club’s first time trial of the year.

But a training mishap a month ago, when ruckman Shane Mumford landed on his ankle, has Scully lining up for his first game of the year in the GIANTS’ final pre-season hit-out against the Swans on Sunday.

“I would have loved to play a couple more NAB games this year but unfortunately I hurt the ankle a couple of weeks ago and missed a couple of weeks so I’m really looking forward to getting back into it on Sunday,” Scully told GIANTS TV.

“The team’s playing really good footy at the moment and there’s competition for spots so I’ve certainly just got to put my best foot forward on Sunday and hopefully try and claim a spot for round one.

“It’s great to have competition for spots, it put everyone under pressure to perform every week and our NEAFL team is playing some really good footy as well so we’ve got guys knocking on the door for selection every week.”

Scully, Callan Ward, Ryan Griffen, Dylan Shiel, Josh Kelly, Will Hoskin-Elliott, Joel Patfull and Nick Haynes have all been added to the GIANTS squad that beat a depleted Essendon side by 45-points at Spotless Stadium last Friday night.

It will be the first time new recruit Ryan Griffen will play in a GIANTS midfield alongside all of Shane Mumford, Ward, Adam Treloar, Shiel and Toby Greene, with players rested at various times across the NAB Challenge series.

“It’s a pretty good combination when you reel off those names, certainly Griffen and Mumford and those type of guys are A-grade players and obviously Treloar and Shiel and these type of guys are well on their way to becoming really, really good players,” Scully said.

“Our midfield is starting to bond really well but also the boys up forward and our backline as well has looked really solid the last couple of games.”

With the Swans also fielding a strong line-up Scully expects a good contest on Sunday in Canberra, exactly two weeks out from round one.

“We’re expecting the Swans to play a full-strength side and you know every time you come up against Sydney it’s going to be a tough game,” Scully said.

“We’re certainly going there under no illusions it’s going to be a very tough and physical game and the perfect hit-out before round one so we’re looking forward to it.”

The game will be played at StarTrack Oval at 1.10pm on Sunday with FREE entry for all GIANTS members with game access passes. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketek and start from just $18 for an adult and $4 for a junior.