Eagles confirm four additions including a debutant, Coniglio chance
West Coast confirmed a debutant for Thursday’s game with North Melbourne, GWS floated a Stephen Coniglio return and Carlton officially confirmed Sam Docherty will miss Round 18.
Ins: Bailey Williams, Dom Sheed, Luke Foley, Brendon Ah Chee (debutant), Sam Durdin, Tom Murphy
Outs: Hamish Brayshaw, Xavier O’Neill, Jeremy McGovern (inj), Jarrod Brander, Aiden Bonar, Mason Wood
West Coast have confirmed four inclusions, including debutant Luke Foley (AF $170k SC $123k DEF) who was pick 31 in the 2018 AFL Draft and is a 20-year-old 188cm versatile defender.
The Eagles website described him as “a skilful rebounding defender, who could still multi-task (ala Liam Duggan) and play midfield minutes”.
Simpson confirmed that Dom Sheed (AF $603k SC $407k MID) will return from a hamstring injury, while Brendon Ah Chee (AF $349k SC $277k MID) and Bailey Williams (AF $205k SC $138k DEF/RUCK) return to the side.
Jeremy McGovern (AF $494k SC $426k DEF) will miss through injury, while Xavier O’Neill (AF $k SC $k POS), Jarrod Brander (AF $405k SC $256k DEF/FWD) and Hamish Brayshaw (AF $172k SC $102k MID) have been omitted.
North made two changes, with youngster Flynn Perez (AF $228k SC $122k DEF) retaining his spot for a third game, while Jy Simpkin (AF $556k SC $391k MID/FWD) has been named despite fears of a possible rest.
GWS coach Leon Cameron said dropped captain Stephen Coniglio (AF $663k SC $463k MID) will come under selection consideration for Round 18.
Cameron said: “We train today and no doubt he’ll be considered heavily. He was a bit banged up and the rest will hold him in good stead.
“We’re looking forward to seeing him train like everyone and then after that we’ll make that decision. I haven’t got that answer for you yet.
“Clearly it was a really tough decision last week but he’s the first one to put up his hand and say he was out of form and he could have wallowed around in pity and ‘woe is me’ but one thing that I really love about ‘Cogs’ is his character.”
Well-owned defender Sam Docherty (AF $571k SC $450k DEF) has been ruled out as expected of Carlton’s final game against Brisbane.
Director of High Performance Andrew Russell said: “‘Doc’ didn’t get through the game which we all saw on the day. He came through the previous game with a tight calf: he actually settled down really well, he trained fully the day before the game, he was cleared to play medically.
“We make these calls 20-25 times a year with guys who have low-level muscle issues. We do a very good job at getting it right, this time we didn’t get it right — we probably missed it by 24 hours in all reality.”
On the plus side, Jack Martin (AF $537k SC $391k MID/FWD) looks set to return from a calf injury.
Russell said: “We expect to be available this week. He has missed the week: we feel like he is a really good chance to play this week.”
Zac Fisher (AF $461k SC $347k MID/FWD) has been ruled out with shoulder bruising which might open the door for a small forward.
Jordan Dawson (AF $627k SC $459k DEF/FWD) looks set to return from concussion for the Swans’ final game against Geelong.
Sydney Football General Manager Charlie Gardiner said: “He is feeling great now and trained yesterday, taking part in some running… I expect he will be fit and raring to go for Sunday’s game against Geelong.”
There is some doubt about rookie Joel Amartey (AF $170k SC $123k RUCK) who tweaked his ankle.
Gardiner said: “Joel twisted his ankle. He’s pulled up OK. He’s doing lots of rehab on it to get right for this week’s game. He’ll train on Friday and we’ll see how he goes.”
Dan Hannebery (AF $583k SC $375k MID) is a strong chance to return from a hamstring concern according to Saints coach Brett Ratten, particularly with Zak Jones (AF $663k SC $471k MID) out.
Ratten said: “He’s done everything. He’s an experienced campaigner that plays well in big games. He’s been out for a while… But I’d say he’s more likely than unlikely.”
Dees first-year ruck Luke Jackson (AF $313k SC $264k RUCK) is in the mix to return from a hamstring too.
Melbourne club doctor Laura Lallenec said: “He’s continuing to rehab from his hamstring. He’ll test this week and look to be available for our game against Essendon this weekend.”
Damien Hardwick will speak to the media, while the teams for Friday’s Giants-Saints game will be confirmed.
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