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AFLX squads: Top talent for Friday night lights

No.3 pick Paddy Dow will play AFLX for the Blues - AFLX,Carlton Blues,Melbourne Demons,Essendon Bombers,St Kilda Saints,North Melbourne Kangaroos,Hawthorn Hawks
No.3 pick Paddy Dow will play AFLX for the Blues

FANS will get their first glimpse of the next generation of stars after five of last year's top-10 NAB AFL Draft picks were selected in squads for Friday's AFLX games. 

Clubs for the matches at Etihad Stadium have continued the trend of choosing inexperienced teams for their clashes, with Carlton set to blood its first two choices at last year's draft – Paddy Dow (No.3 pick) and Lochie O'Brien (No.10). 

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St Kilda has also named its pair of top-10 picks, Hunter Clark and Nick Coffield, for their first appearances in the red, black and white, while No.4 pick Luke Davies-Uniacke has been chosen in North Melbourne's 15-player squad. 

Clubs can have a squad of up to 20 players for the games, before naming 10 before each match. 

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The Blues will also unveil new recruit Matthew Kennedy after he crossed from Greater Western Sydney during last year's NAB AFL Trade Period, while Seb Ross headlines the key Saints set to feature in AFLX.

North Melbourne best and fairest winner Shaun Higgins will captain the Roos with Jamie Macmillan, while key midfielder Ben Cunnington and veteran Jarrad Waite have also been named, alongside ex-Hawthorn midfielder Billy Hartung. 

Hawthorn's squad will be headed by premiership gun Jack Gunston, while Christian Petracca adds some excitement factor to Melbourne's largely young line-up. Demons draftee Charlie Spargo has also been selected for what will be his first outing for the club. 

The Hawks announced on Wednesday that Kieren Lovell had been withdrawn from their squad and replaced by Dylan Moore.

Former Gold Coast speedster Adam Saad has been picked for Essendon, with David Zaharakis to skipper the Bombers. Last year's NAB AFL Rising Star winner Andrew McGrath is also in the side.

AFLX squads

Carlton (16-man squad)

1. Jack Silvagni, 2. Paddy Dow, 4. Lochie O’Brien, 7. Matthew Kennedy, 11. Sam Kerridge, 13. Jed Lamb, 22. Caleb Marchbank, 24. Cameron O’Shea, 25. Zac Fisher, 26. Harrison Macreadie, 27. Matthew Lobbe, 28. David Cuningham, 29. Cameron Polson, 31. Tom Williamson, 33. Jarrod Pickett, 42. Kym LeBois

Essendon (17-man squad)

1. Andrew McGrath, 3. Darcy Parish, 4. Kyle Langford, 8. Marty Gleeson, 11. David Zaharakis (c), 15. Josh Green, 16. Josh Begley, 20. Jackson Merrett, 27. Mason Redman, 29. Patrick Ambrose, 35. Matt Guelfi, 41. Ben McNiece, 42. Adam Saad, 43. Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, 44. Shaun McKernan, 45. Conor McKenna, 49. Matt Dea 

Hawthorn (19-man squad)

5. Ryan Burton, 6. James Sicily, 15. Blake Hardwick, 17. Dan Howe, 19. Jack Gunston, 20. Dallas Willsmore, 22. Luke Breust, 23. Tim O’Brien, 25. Ryan Schoenmakers, 26. Liam Shiels (c), 32. David Mirra, 35. Harry Morrison, 36. Dylan Moore, 37. Jackson Ross, 38. James Worpel, 41. Oliver Hanrahan, 42. Teia Miles, 45. Conor Nash, 46. James Cousins

Melbourne (15-man squad)

4. James Harmes, 5. Christian Petracca, 9. Charlie Spargo, 10. Angus Brayshaw, 15. Billy Stretch, 18. Jake Melksham, 20. Corey Maynard, 25. Tom McDonald, 30. Alex Neal-Bullen, 31. Bayley Fritsch, 32. Tomas Bugg, 33. Oskar Baker, 37. Dion Johnstone, 39. Neville Jetta, 42. Josh Wagner

North Melbourne (15-man squad)

1. Majak Daw, 4. Shaun Higgins (c), 9. Luke Davies-Uniacke, 10. Ben Cunnington, 11. Luke McDonald, 12. Jy Simpkin, 15. Paul Ahern, 18. Shaun Atley, 24. Sam Durdin, 30. Jarrad Waite, 31. Braydon Preuss, 34. Jamie Macmillan (c), 39. Billy Hartung, 41. Gordon Narrier, 44. Cameron Zurhaar

St Kilda (20-man squad)

5. Shane Savage, 6. Seb Ross, 7. Luke Dunstan, 8. Blake Acres, 9. Jack Steele, 11. Hunter Clark, 13. Jack Lonie, 19. Sam Gilbert, 21. Ben Long, 25. Koby Stevens, 26. Josh Battle, 28. Tim Membrey, 29. Jimmy Webster, 30. Ed Phillips, 33. Nick Coffield, 35. Jack Sinclair, 37. Bailey Rice, 40. Ray Connellan, 43. Rowan Marshall, 44. Maverick Weller