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Essendon will welcome back star forward Jake Stringer and unearth debutants Archie Perkins and Alec Waterman against St Kilda at Marvel Stadium on Saturday.
The trio join Matt Guelfi and Brandon Zerk-Thatcher as inclusions for the round three clash, with Dylan Shiel (knee), Sam Draper (ankle), Jye Caldwell (hamstring) and omitted pair Martin Gleeson and Ned Cahill making way.
Rd 3 | Team selection
Senior coach Ben Rutten takes us through the team to face the Saints on Saturday afternoon.
As revealed on Thursday , Perkins and Waterman will become the club’s latest AFL debutants since Harrison Jones and Nik Cox since round one.
The pair will be part of a 13-man contingent to have played less than 50 games, with the Bombers set to field their most inexperienced side (61 games per player) since round 22, 2010.
Stringer’s return will free up forward Peter Wright to shoulder the ruck load, with second-year ruckman Nick Bryan named an emergency and journeyman Andrew Phillips set to return from injury in the VFL on Saturday.
ESSENDON’S ROUND THREE TEAM:
Backs: Jayden Laverde, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher, Aaron Francis
Half-backs: Matt Guelfi, Jordan Ridley, Nick Hind
Centre: Andrew McGrath, Zach Merrett, Nik Cox
Half-forwards: Devon Smith, Cale Hooker, Archie Perkins
Forwards: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Harrison Jones, Alec Waterman
Followers: Peter Wright, Darcy Parish, Brayden Ham
Interchange: Mason Redman, Kyle Langford, Will Snelling, Jake Stringer
Emergencies: Tom Cutler, Nick Bryan, Martin Gleeson, Ned Cahill
In: Stringer, Perkins, Waterman, Guelfi, Zerk-Thatcher
Out: Shiel (knee), Draper (ankle), Caldwell (hamstring), Gleeson (omitted), Cahill (omitted)
New: Perkins (Sandringham Dragons), Waterman (Claremont Tigers)
Good, need to find out what he has got, still a kid
No ruckman. Very cunning plan.
In Hooker we trust
Happy with the changes. BZT gets his chance. Hopefully Waterman can snag a few. Parish named as our on baller.
Perkins will hopefully bring some intensity to the contest.
Lots to look forward to regardless of whether we win or lose but I feel like we could possibly give the Saints a shake up if we turn up switched on.
My god they brought in Zerk-thatcher should have been at the start of the season, why did they bring him Phillips only weakness st Kilda is The ruck,is zerk-thatcher going to guard space
Parish should only be on ball, truck a little behind the 8 ball
Will play in the middle knowing Truck
We need a human meatball like tiger Dion Pestia
It mean Hooker going to play in the ruck part-time
Alec Waterman not THICC enough for you?
Would have loved Bryan in too.
Never want to see Gleeson in the team ever again, unless we lose half the team from injury,why the hell did rutten put Gleeson in the team in the first place, there’s no position for him
Interesting that he has been named as an emergency.
Smack attack… surely we can out ruck him?