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Steve Johnson will make his first competitive appearance for the Giants this Friday

FORMER Geelong star Steve Johnson will make his first appearance for new side Greater Western Sydney in Friday night's NAB Challenge clash with the Sydney Swans. 

The three-time premiership forward and Norm Smith medallist was let go by the Cats last year before signing with the Giants, and he will feature in his first pre-season game this week. 

The Giants have named a strong line-up for the Drummoyne Oval game, with ruckman Shane Mumford, forward Jeremy Cameron and midfield guns Dylan Shiel and Ryan Griffen all selected. 

First-year midfielder Matthew Kennedy has again been picked in the 29-man squad as he edges closer to an early-season debut, but fellow academy product Jacob Hopper hasn't been named.

The Swans also head into the game with an experienced side, with co-captain Kieren Jack coming into the side having missed the opening round.

Lance Franklin, Josh Kennedy and Luke Parker are among the Swans stars set to continue their pre-season build-up after impressive efforts in the first week of the NAB Challenge. 

Co-captain Kieren Jack is also in for first game for 2016.

Tough half-back Zak Jones, who was the club's first pick at the 2013 NAB AFL Draft, has also been selected.

Sydney Swans v Greater Western Sydney
Friday, March 4, 7.10pm AEDT at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney

1. James Rose, 4. Dan Hannebery, 5. Isaac Heeney, 6. Tom Mitchell, 7. Harry Cunningham, 8. Kurt Tippett, 10. Zak Jones, 11. Jeremy Laidler, 12. Josh P. Kennedy, 13. Toby Nankervis, 14. Callum Mills, 15. Kieren Jack, 18. Callum Sinclair, 22. Dean Towers, 23. Lance Franklin, 24. Dane Rampe, 26. Luke Parker, 27. Daniel Robinson, 28. Nic Newman, 29. George Hewett, 32. Michael Talia, 33. Brandon Jack, 34. Jordan Dawson, 36. Aliir Aliir, 39. Heath Grundy, 40. Nick Smith, 41. Tom Papley, 42. Xavier Richards, 44. Jake Lloyd

Notable absentees: Ted Richards, Ben McGlynn, Sam Reid, Jarrad McVeigh

1. Phil Davis, 4. Toby Greene, 5. Dylan Shiel, 6. Lachie Whitfield, 7. Rhys Palmer, 8. Callan Ward, 9. Tom Scully, 10. Devon Smith, 11. Jack Steele, 14. Jarrod Pickett, 15. Matthew Kennedy, 16. Nathan Wilson, 17. Steve Johnson, 18. Jeremy Cameron, 20. Adam Tomlinson,  21. Matthew Buntine, 22. Josh Kelly, 23. Heath Shaw, 24. Joel Patfull, 29. Zac Williams, 32. Ryan Griffen, 33. Will Hoskin-Elliott, 34. Caleb Marchbank, 35. Aidan Corr, 36. James Stewart, 37. Rory Lobb, 40. Adam Kennedy, 41. Shane Mumford, 50. Sam Reid

Notable absentees: Jon Patton, Jacob Hopper, Stephen Coniglio