Charlie Clarke celebrates a goal with Sam Darcy during the VFL semi-final between Footscray and Box Hill on September 9, 2023. Picture: AFL Photos

WESTERN Bulldogs small forward Charlie Clarke will make his debut at Marvel Stadium on Sunday, while Jamarra Ugle-Hagan and Tom Liberatore are both set to return against Hawthorn. 

With Cody Weightman undergoing elbow surgery this week and Rhylee West serving a one-game suspension, Clarke will get his first opportunity at AFL level after patiently biding his time in the VFL. 

The 20-year-old has played 24 games for Footscray since being selected at pick No.24 in the 2022 AFL Draft, after being recruited from the Sandringham Dragons via Port Melbourne Colts.

Weightman is sidelined for at least the next two months, so an opportunity presents for Clarke to secure a regular spot after laying nine tackles and kicking 2.1 against Williamstown and followed by three goals against the AFL Academy last weekend. 

Both Ugle-Hagan and Liberatore completed the full session at Mission Whitten Oval on Thursday morning, ticking off the final box after missing the past fortnight. 

Ugle-Hagan was a late out ahead of the win over St Kilda in round six due to family reasons, where the star spearhead returned to Warrnambool to support his community. 

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan celebrates a goal during the R5 match between Western Bulldogs and Essendon at Marvel Stadium on April 12, 2024. Picture: Getty Images/AFL Photos

The 22-year-old missed the trip to Western Australia last weekend but has trained across the past fortnight and is ready to return. 

Liberatore travelled to Perth with the team and was set to return after exiting concussion protocols, but ended up missing the game due to illness the night before. 

"He should be available for selection. He will train today and he trained on Tuesday. We are hoping to put his name up on the board," Beveridge told reporters on Thursday. 

"He wasn't too far away from being able to play last week, (but coming off) such an interrupted preparation it was a better idea for him to have another week off and get some momentum in his training again. If he gets through today, he will play."

Liberatore travelled to Perth with the team and was set to return after exiting concussion protocols, but ended up missing the game due to illness the night before. 

The veteran midfielder was placed in the League's 12-day protocols after collapsing behind the play late in the loss to Essendon in round five, despite passing concussion and medical tests in the aftermath. 

"It was a strange set of circumstances with Tommy. He is fine now. He trained Tuesday so he should be all systems go with him," Beveridge said. 

"He feels like he had a meal with his young fella Oscar and Oscar got sick on the Thursday but Tom was OK. It didn't come to the surface until we were away. He was OK travelling but throughout the course of the night before the game he became ill and couldn't keep much down."

Tom Liberatore in action during the R3 match between Western Bulldogs and West Coast at Marvel Stadium on March 31, 2024. Picture: AFL Photos

Beveridge became the latest senior football figure to emphatically support the AFL's stance to support the victims of violence against women, after West Coast CEO Don Pyke drove the initiative.  

AFL CEO Andrew Dillon released a statement on Wednesday night outlining the movement to observe a moment of silence ahead of all nine games in round eight to draw attention to the prevalence of gender-based violence.

"I'm glad the league have done it. We're all searching for what the solution is to stop the tragedies that continue to occur," Beveridge said.

"I'm really fortunate that my mum is probably the most influential person in my life. I was brought up in a home with an unbelievable role model in my mother. If any men or boys have missed out on having a significant female in their life as a young child, can we make up for lost time later on? I don't know. 

"I feel the respect and your attitude towards women comes from your upbringing at times. I'm one of the fortunate ones. We've got to find a way to change things. I'm glad we are all part of this."

The Dogs currently sits outside the eight at 3-4 but have the chance to level the ledger when they return to Docklands for the penultimate game of round eight.