More debutants confirmed, rookies hold, Suns ruck discussion, Downie & Cockatoo updates

Three debutants were named on Wednesday, while there were plenty of rookies who held their spot for Thursday’s Swans-Dons clash and more discussion around Gold Coast’s likely ruck option.

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Ins: Franklin, Heppell

Outs: McLean, Bell, Redman (inj), Cutler

Holds: Campbell, McDonald, Warner, Gulden, H.Jones, Cox, Perkins, Waterman

Emergencies: Zaharakis, Bryan, Reid, Cahill

Dyson Heppell (AF $566k SC $319k MID) was well-owned in pre-season and he returns after a back issue.

The major news was Essendon’s rookies all holding their spot, weirdly with Nik Cox (AF $299k SC $204k DEF) named in the ruck and Harry Jones (AF $229k SC $143k FWD) selected on half-back. Make of that what you will.

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