RCD dropped, Warner out injured, Rowell returns, Reeves holds, debutants galore
Riley Collier-Dawkins and Chad Warner headline the list of players out this round, while Matt Rowell returns, Ned Reeves holds and four debutants have sensationally been named.
Significant ins: Newcombe (deb), Day, Walker (deb), Western (deb), Bowes, Rowell, Hunter, S.Berry, Worrell (deb), Stephenson, Greene, Duggan, McCreery
Inclusions into 26: Bosenavulagi, W.Phillips, Bruhn, Miller (deb), Ralphsmith, Wilson
Significant outs: Warner (inj), Farrar, Atkins, Clavarino, Murray, Sholl, R.O’Connor, Menadue, Lazzaro, Collier-Dawkins
Key holds: Amartey, Reeves, Koschitzke, Rosas, Highmore, Rowe, Coleman-Jones, H.Edwards
Possible subs (Fri/Sat): Farrar, Clavarino, Sholl, R.O’Connor
Holds into 26 (Sun/Mon): Powell, Foley, L.Edwards, Rantall, N.Murphy
There’s plenty to digest from Thursday’s teams, namely four debutants who we’ll get to in the next section, as well as Matt Rowell’s (AF $539k SC $495k MID) return.
Some key players are out, including Riley Collier-Dawkins and Chad Warner, as well as Lachlan Sholl, Ronin O’Connor and Jy Farrar.
There’s some important holds, namely Ned Reeves, Malcolm Rosas and Tom Highmore, who graduates from medical sub.
Fremantle have named Joel Western (AF $170k SC $117k MID) and Brandon Walker (AF $172k SC $117k DEF) to debut.
Western and Walker were picks 54 and 50 respectively in the 2020 AFL Draft and come in amid a series of injuries within the Dockers ranks so tread carefully with job security in mind.
Josh Worrell (AF $170k SC $123k DEF) gets his nod for Adelaide as their pick 28 in the 2019 AFL Draft. He is a 194cm, 20-year-old medium defender.
Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks said: "Josh was in some really good form 3 weeks ago but we made the choice to stick with the team we had in. He's been doing some really hard work down back under pressure in the SANFL, 50 or 60 inside 50s, so we think he's ready, we think it's time.”
Jai Newcombe (AF $170k SC $102k MID) was also handed his debut for Hawthorn, who have already had their bye making him a tempting option. He was the second pick in this year's mid-season draft and is a 186cm, 19-year-old onballer.
Hawks Head of Football Rob McCartney said: "We've seen a lot of Jai at Box Hill & there's been plenty to like. Before this weekend we weren't able to promote him into our senior side but he's been in the sort of form that had he been on our list, he probably would have played earlier."
Another potential Hawks rookie is fellow mid-season draftee Jackson Callow (AF $170k SC $102k FWD).
Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson said: "We're also hopeful, with Jai getting his chance this week, that Jackson also gets his chance at some point in the second half of the year."
Sadly don't expect the mid-season draft number one pick Jacob Edwards (AF $170k SC $102k R/F) to be playing any time soon for North Melbourne.
Kangas coach David Noble said: "Jacob hasn't be able to join the main group yet, still being in school and with the current restrictions. We have organised some programs for him when we're not at the club and outside of the club."
Taylor Walker (AF $520k SC $421k FWD) has been named in the Crows 22, following some doubt which the club clarified.
Adelaide Head of Football Adam Kelly said: "Scans have shown a muscle strain behind Taylor's right knee but he is presenting well in a functional sense. At this stage we expect he will be available for this week's game against the Saints."
We'll get Sunday's teams, while there are press conferences for Damien Hardwick and Simon Goodwin, plus a game between Sydney and Hawthorn.