Three more debutants announced, Cameron omitted, Draper confirmed
Three more debutants were confirmed on Wednesday, while Essendon confirmed Sam Draper will play on Friday night and popular ruck/forward Darcy Cameron got dropped for the Pies.
Ins: Jordan Roughead, Callum Brown, Ben Reid, Trey Ruscoe (debutant), Dale Stephens, Jackson Thurlow, Lewis Melican, Sam Wicks (debutant), Sean Lemmens, Jeremy Sharp (debutant), Ben Long, Dean Kent
Outs: Travis Varcoe (personal), Mark Keane, Chris Mayne, Darcy Cameron, Ryan Clarke, Lewis Taylor, Nick Blakey, Sam Gray, Pearce Hanley, Darcy MacPherson, Matthew Parker, Shane Savage
Three debutants have been selected (full details below) in Trey Ruscoe, Sam Wicks and Jeremy Sharp, while rookie Dale Stephens (AF $327k SC $208k MID) returns for Sydney.
Mark Keane (AF $176k SC $123k DEF) lasted only one game for Collingwood, with Jordan Roughead and Ruscoe coming in to reinforce the backline.
Buckley said: “We found an opportunity for Mark Keane (vs Fremantle) who did some good things but when you come up to that level… you’re going to be exposed at times… Roughie will be back.”
Popular big man Darcy Cameron (AF $302k SC $219k RUCK/FWD) has also made way for the Pies.
There were a few significant holds, led by Sydney’s Matthew Ling (AF $199k SC $136k DEF).
Sydney’s Sam Wicks (AF $170k SC $123k MID) has got the nod. The club website wrote: “The Sydney Swans Academy product joined the club as a Category B Rookie in November 2018 and was elevated to Sydney’s senior list last month, paving the way for his debut.”
Jeremy Sharp (AF $218k SC $117k MID) is into the Gold Coast. The Suns website wrote: “Sharp was taken with pick 27 in the 2019 NAB AFL Draft and has been one of the standouts in recent scratch matches.”
Collingwood’s Trey Ruscoe (AF $170k SC $117k DEF/MID) has come in for the Pies. He was pick 55 in 2019 AFL Draft and is a tall defender from East Fremantle.
Essendon ruckman Sam Draper (AF $197k SC $123k RUCK) will play against GWS Giants on Friday night, with coach John Worsfold indicating he won’t be dropped.
Worsfold said: “We’re really pleased with Sam’s debut game. He’s certainly going to get the opportunity to ruck again this week.”
GWS Giants coach Leon Cameron has flagged two potential debutants Jack Buckley (AF $170k SC $123k MID/FWD) and Xavier O’Halloran (AF $170k SC $123k MID).
Cameron said: “We’ll finalise our team tonight after training today. There’s guys who are playing really great footy at lower level. Buckley, O’Halloran and Ward will put his hand up.”
Callan Ward (AF $556k SC $488k MID) could be in contention after a knee issue too, although Cameron was non-committal.
West Coast coach Adam Simpson will front the press. Collingwood will play Sydney and the Gold Coast Suns will take on St Kilda, while the teams for Friday’s GWS-Essendon will be confirmed.