Dogs debut confirmed, Bombers hint at debutant, Duncan out

The Western Bulldogs announced a debutant for Friday night and Essendon may unveil one too, while Mitch Duncan was officially ruled out and Dan Hannebery launched a bid to return.

Mitch Duncan
(AF $744k SC $555k MID) hasn’t made the cut for Geelong’s Thursday clash with Collingwood in Perth due to the hamstring injury sustained last round.

Jack Steven (AF $587 SC $306k MID/FWD) comes in and is also still owned by 9% of Supercoaches, so his return is a boost for them. He’s back alongside Jordan Clark.

Quinton Narkle makes way also with his hamstring injury.

Jordan De Goey (AF $560k SC $413k FWD) may have missed last week but he’s still owned by 7% of Supercoaches, so they’ll be thrilled to see him back along with Josh Daicos (AF $560k SC $391k MID).

The pair come in for injured duo Will Kelly and Matt Scharenberg.

The Western Bulldogs confirmed Cody Weightman (AF $242k SC $144k FWD) will make his debut this weekend against Essendon on Friday night.

Weightman was pick 15 in the 2019 AFL Draft and is a 177cm small forward, which may impact his ability to score.

Rumours are swirling that Ned Cahill (AF $170k SC $117k MID/FWD) will make his debut for the Bombers on Friday night too. There was a big cheer during Essendon training with Cahill allegedly at the centre of it.

Essendon coach John Worsfold was asked about during his press conference and gave nothing away about selection but said: “Ned is an exciting young player. We’ve been really impressed with how he’s been going about his training since he joined the club.”

Cahill was pick 56 in the 2019 AFL Draft and is a hard-running forward who can also play in midfield.

St Kilda coach Brett Ratten revealed Dan Hannebery (AF $583k SC $375k MID) was making a case to play in Monday’s match against Adelaide after a hamstring injury suffered a fortnight ago.

Ratten said: “He’s going pretty well. He’s trying to make a case for this week. The longer break has given him an opportunity. Is it that week or the Port game after or an extra week?”

Jack Silvagni (AF $424k SC $280k FWD) looks set to return for the rib/lung injury picked up from Zac Merrett’s gut punch.

Carlton Director of High Performance Andrew Russell said: “He was close to playing last week, he didn’t quite get up. He trained today, he moved well. He’ll train on Friday and we expect him to be available this week.”

We’ve got a monster Thursday with press conferences with Damien Hardwick, Simon Goodwin, Luke Beveridge and Leon Cameron. Plus the teams will be announced, although note we’ve got a Monday game for the first time this year, which will keep things vague.

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