Highmore & Murphy named, two debutants, Scott managed & Neale closes on return

Tom Highmore and Nathan Murphy have sneaked into their 22s, while there’s two more debutants and the likes of James Madden, Caleb Poulter, Matthew Flynn and Ned Reeves have survived the cut.

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Significant ins: Garcia (deb), Bianco (deb), N.Murphy, Holmes, Clavarino (deb), Highmore, Farrar, Cotchin, Bolton, Prestia, Coleman-Jones

Ins into extended squads: Parks, Frederick, Fantasia, Meek, A.Brayshaw

Significant outs: A.Scott (mng), McCreery (inj), Duncan (inj), H.Clark (inj), Lazzaro, Edwards, H.Jones (mng), Hickey (inj), Hartlett

Holds: McNeil, Wilson, Poulter, Prior, Madden, Flynn, Reeves, A.Waterman, Ralphsmith (26), Collier-Dawkins (26), Murray, Rowe, R.O’Connor (26), Warner (26), Owies, Bergman (26)

Potential subs: Macrae, Rantall, J.Clark, Briggs, McLennan, Brockman

There’s a fair bit to digest from this list, with the top acts being Tom Highmore (AF $268k SC $167k DEF), Jy Farrar (AF $368k SC $243K FWD) and Nathan Murphy‘s (AF $264k SC $159k DEF) inclusion in their respective sides’ 22s.

Anthony Scott (AF $309k SC $281k M/F) gets managed by the Dogs after his head knock, while James Madden (AF $197k SC $123k DEF/FWD) holds his spot for Brisbane.

There’s a few well-owned players on extended benches including Riley Collier-Dawkins (AF $337k SC $214k MID), Miles Bergman (AF $415k SC $272k D/F*) and Chad Warner (AF $496k SC $315k M/F*) .

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DEBUTANT ALERTS

Trent Bianco (AF $170k SC $123k D/M) gets his long-awaited chance for the Pies. He was pick 45 in the 2019 AFL Draft.

Collingwood’s website said: “His start to 2021 season was delayed due to knee injury but in his two appearances for the Pies’ VFL side this season, he averaged 26 disposals and led the team’s tackle count.”

Oscar Clavarino (AF $170k SC $123k DEF) also gets his chance for St Kilda. He went pick 35 in 2017 AFL Draft and is a key defender.

The Saints website said: “Intercepting defender … (with) aerial skills and adept reading of the ball in flight.”

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The GWS ruck situation is a constant area of interest for SuperCoach and AFL Fantasy coaches due to Matt Flynn (AF $486k SC $351k RUCK) and Giants coach Leon Cameron weighed in again.

He said: “What we did like on the weekend was that combination of Mumford and Flynn. We reduced Mumford’s game-time down to 65% and gave Flynny a great opportunity and he played some pretty good footy.”

All is not lost for Kieren Briggs (AF $182k SC $123k D/F) who was named an emergency this round.

Cameron said: “We also liked what Briggs did. We feel over the next 12 weeks, these guys will be coming in and out and getting opportunities to play ruck. Whether we play 1-2 will be down to the opposition and to how good it’s working for us.”

Adelaide named a 26-man squad but coach Matthew Nicks clarified that rookie Ronin O’Connor (AF $185k SC $123k MID) will not make the final cut.

Nicks said: “We’ll make one change. O’Connor, who was our medical sub, will play in the SANFL & Will Hamill will come in (to the 23).”

Lions coach Chris Fagan hinted that Lachie Neale (AF $746k SC $578k MID) is not far off from returning from his ankle injury. He said: "Lachie Neale has been running a bit to stake his claims for next week."

Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir hinted at a better role for Josh Treacy (AF $215k SC $110k FWD/RUCK) if Matt Taberner fails to prove his fitness.

He said: "There’s a few options if Taberner doesn’t get up. We might need to rely on Treacy with more game time... He improved his contest as the game went on and had a big moment in the last quarter."

Longmuir spoke about the foot issue for Nat Fyfe (AF $690k SC $570k M/F*). He said: "He’ll have to manage his foot for a month or so but I expect him to handle it really well."

TOMORROW

Thursday's mayhem in Melbourne meant coaches' press conferences in Victoria were delayed so there will be a rush on Friday, plus scheduled pressers from Nathan Buckley, Alastair Clarkson and Damien Hardwick.

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