You could almost hear the bugler at work, the sound of pounding hooves, dust rising into the air, beyond the hills.

A glance to the left and Lewis Jetta was running interval laps with Elliot Yeo.

A look in the middle and Luke Shuey, Dom Sheed and Jack Redden were in the centre of the training drills. On the other side of the ground, Jeremy McGovern was walking laps and Mark Hutchings was doing some run-throughs.

In the forwards group Brendon Ah Chee was doing his thing.

From every angle there were promising views as the West Coast Eagles stepped out for their first fully-fledged training session on this version of the Queensland hub.

The compacted schedule has impacted a number of players and has resulted in many of the club’s senior players sitting out time towards the end of the qualifying rounds.

But all are on the mend.

Exactly how many are ready for selection to play North Melbourne in the last qualifying game at Metricon Stadium on Thursday night remains to be the seen but most – if not all – will be ready to play in the club’s first final.

Sheed, who missed last Thursday’s pulsating win over St Kilda with a hamstring injury, was most convincing while Redden, who had surgery on a fractured thumb last week, and Shuey (hamstring) were no less impressive.

McGovern strained a hamstring on the stroke of half-time against the Saints, but is on the recovery trail, while Hutchings suffered a similar fate against the Western Bulldogs eight days ago and is making good progress.

Jetta missed last week with a calf strain, Yeo has been sidelined for a while with a groin issue.

Ah Chee damaged a finger in the Bulldogs game but showed no signs of discomfort today. And Jarrod Cameron also delighted with a strong training performance.

While there will be robust discussions with the medical staff and the match committee around exactly which players get the tick of approval to play against the Roos, the one certainty is that the cavalry is coming.