Two more debutants, Ridley confirmed to return, Scott weighs in on Clark
Two debutants were confirmed for Round 7, while Jordan Ridley and Jordan De Goey both got the green light to return after concussions and there were some key comments on Jordan Clark.
Richmond announced that Riley Collier-Dawkins (AF $170k SC $123k MID) will debut. He was pick 20 in the 2018 AFL Draft and a 189cm 21-year-old midfielder.
Tigers coach Damien Hardwick said: “He’s taken his time to get there. We always knew when we drafted him it’d be a slow burn. He’s incredible around the ball. He’s had to work on his off-ball position. We’ve started to see some real dividends this year. It’s going to be a well-earned debut.”
Collingwood confirmed in an elaborate social media post that Caleb Poulter (AF $212k SC $117k M/F) will make his debut this round.
Poulter was pick 30 in the 2020 AFL Draft and is a 192cm utility type.
Essendon put out their injury list confirming that Jordan Ridley (AF $700k SC $588k DEF) had overcome his concussion and will be available this round.
Bombers Head of HP Sean Murphy said: “Rids took it very easy during the week and we made sure we stuck to the protocols and got that right. He’ll do a full week of training and be available (for Sunday).”
Essendon revealed that rookie Zach Reid (AF $261k SC $166k DEF) had a bout of tonsilitis and will not be available again this week.
GWS look set to unleash Lachie Whitfield (AF $820k SC $561k DEF) after his liver issue.
Giants coach Leon Cameron said: “We don’t expect miracles, but clearly Lachie is a really important player to our structure. We’ll probably play him as that high half-forward/wing role. He probably plays half-back as well.”
Cameron also confirmed that Jesse Hogan (AF $459k SC $310k FWD) will make his club debut.
Geelong coach Chris Scott discussed Jordan Clark (AF $420k SC $283k D/M) given the injury sustained by Mark O’Connor (AF $496k SC $421k MID) which may open the door for him.
On O’Connor, Scott said: “It looks like it’ll be a period of weeks. It certainly won’t be 1 or 2, it’ll be longer than that.”
He continued: “Mark has been playing more midfield, so if you look at those guys Jordan Clark has missed a bit of footy by virtue of being sub but he’s the next guy in. We’re yet to make a decision yet.”
Scott also belatedly offered a timeframe on Patrick Dangerfield‘s (AF $748k SC $611k M/F) return from an ankle issue, stating he will “be the best part of 8 weeks we think.”
Hardwick also confirmed that Dustin Martin (AF $637k SC $482k M/F) will fly to New Zealand to see his father for the first time in 18 months, given he’s ruled out with concussion.
He said: “There is a very, very small probability that it (bubble closing) happens. You can live your life in fear or you can choose to live. We choose to live.”
Shai Bolton (AF $598k SC $453k M/F) looks like he’ll step up in Martin’s absence. Hardwick said: “Shai played that role after Dustin went off last week and looked really good. We’ve got a number of players we feel can go through that role.”
He also spoke about Patrick Naish (AF $421k SC $180k MID) who has been dominating in the VFL. Hardwick said: “He’s very close. He’ll be well and truly in the mix for this week. The hard thing about Patty is he’s playing some really good footy but we’ve got players in his position playing really good footy as well.”
Magpies coach Nathan Buckley confirmed that Jordan De Goey (AF $488k SC $340k FWD) had passed his concussion protocol and that they’d “welcome him back in”.
He also said Mark Keane (AF $197k SC $158k DEF) will return, which may impact Will Kelly‘s (AF $171k SC $135k FWD) selection.
There’s still no guarantees on Zac Smith (AF $392k SC $216k RUCK) lining up against Brodie Grundy on Saturday yet, which could mean another Gold Coast makeshift ruckman.
Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew said: “We’re really keen to bring Smithy in when he’s confident in his knee. He hasn’t played AFL footy for a number of years, so that’s going to be a consideration.”
We’ll get the 22s for Friday’s Dogs-Tigers game, while Luke Beveridge, Brett Ratten and David Teague will all speak to the media.