Eastbourne have put Timo Lahti on standby for Elite League action.
The Finn will start the season in Eagles colours if Kim Nilsson does not recover from neck and back injuries sustained in the USA recently.
Lahti was left out of the Eastbourne side for this season but is without an English club and remains an Eagles asset.
He would be happy to ride as a short-term stand-in should Nilsson miss the start of the season next month.
Eagles boss Trevor Geer said: “We will know more about Kim this week but I’ve had a word with Timo and he would be available.”