ADELAIDE has made a major statement in the wake of its slow start to the season, dumping Bryce Gibbs for Saturday night's clash with North Melbourne.

Gibbs is fresh from 27 disposals in last week's loss to Geelong, with the Crows recording just one win in the first three rounds.

The selection bombshell comes as Carlton prepares to regain Charlie Curnow a week early from a knee injury, while Richmond made six changes for Saturday's trip to take on Port Adelaide.

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Jack Steven (St Kilda), Jason Johannisen (Bulldogs), Callan Ward (GWS), Cale Hooker (Essendon), Tigers Dylan Grimes and Josh Caddy, and Jarryd Roughead (Hawthorn) are among the big names set to return.

Jaeger O'Meara (hip) was named for the Hawks despite being on light duties at training on Thursday.

Myles Poholke and Cam Ellis-Yolmen are Adelaide's two additions, with Paul Seedsman (knee) joining Gibbs in going out of the side.

The winless Kangaroos, as forecast by earlier on Thursday, have promoted midfielder Paul Ahern for his first match of the season.

Mason Wood, Jed Anderson and Cameron Zurhaar are also in for North, which omitted Ben McKay and recruits Tom Campbell and Dom Tyson and rested draftee Bailey Scott.

Collingwood made one change for Friday night's match against the Western Bulldogs, bringing Travis Varcoe in for Levi Greenwood, as had also been revealed earlier by

Johannisen is the Dogs' sole inclusion in place of Lewis Young.

Jack Henry replaces fellow defender Lachie Henderson (ankle) in Geelong's side for its showdown with Greater Western Sydney at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday.

Tommy Sheridan (calf) makes way for Giants co-captain Ward.

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Essendon swung the changes ahead of its attempt to be the first club to defeat Brisbane this year.

Hooker headlines four inclusions, along with Mason Redman, Mitch Brown and David Myers, who replace dropped pair Aaron Francis and Matt Guelfi and Shaun McKernan and Kobe Mutch (both hamstring).

The Lions strengthened their line-up with the addition of Allen Christensen and Nick Robertson, while Ryan Bastinac (omitted) and Zac Bailey (hamstring) go out of the team.

An unchanged Port Adelaide will host a depleted Richmond at Adelaide Oval on Saturday afternoon.

Grimes and Caddy are two of six incoming Tigers, including Bachar Houli, Liam Baker, Shai Bolton and debutant Jack Ross.

Dustin Martin (suspension), Trent Cotchin (hamstring) and Jayden Short (elbow) star teammates Alex Rance (knee), Jack Riewoldt (wrist) and Shaun Grigg (knee) on the sidelines.

Ryan Garthwaite, Dan Butler and Oleg Markov were axed.

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Former VFL footballers Sam Switkowski and Lachie Schultz are Fremantle's two inclusions for the latest Western Derby with the Eagles on Saturday night.

Nat Fyfe (concussion) and Bailey Banfield (omitted) are out for the Dockers, while West Coast swapped last week's debutant Josh Rotham for premiership player Liam Duggan.

Gold Coast is yet to drop anyone, but could include Will Brodie – who continues to dominate in the NEAFL – Sam Day, George Horlin-Smith and Aaron Young – for Sunday's game against Carlton.

On top of Charlie Curnow, the Blues are also considering picking Matthew Kennedy and Jack Silvagni, as well as potential debutant Liam Stocker, a top-20 draft pick last year.

Roughead, Dan Howe, Teia Miles and Kaiden Brand are jockeying for spots at Hawthorn, which takes on St Kilda at Marvel Stadium on Sunday.

Steven is set to make a welcome return for the Saints after being managed last week, with Ben Long, Ben Paton and Darragh Joyce other selection options.

Thursday, April 11

Sydney v Melbourne at the SCG, 7.20pm AEST


In: K.Jack, J.McInerney
Out: J.McVeigh (quad), W.Hayward (broken jaw)
New: Justin McInerney (Northern U18)


In: B.Stretch, B.Preuss
Out: K.Kolodjashnij (head knock), A.Neal-Bullen

Friday, April 12

Collingwood v Western Bulldogs at the MCG, 7.50pm AEST


In: T.Varcoe
Out: L.Greenwood


In: J.Johannisen
Out: L.Young

Saturday, April 13

Geelong v Greater Western Sydney at GMHBA Stadium, 1.45pm AEST


In: J.Henry
Out: L.Henderson (foot)


In: C.Ward
Out: T.Sheridan (calf)

Essendon v Brisbane at the MCG, 2.10pm AEST


In: M.Redman, M.Brown, C.Hooker, D.Myers
Out: A.Francis, M.Guelfi, S.Mckernan (hamstring), K.Mutch (hamstring)


In: A.Christensen, N.Robertson
Out: R.Bastinac, Z.Bailey (hamstring)

Port Adelaide v Richmond at Adelaide Oval, 4.05pm ACST


No changes


In: D.Grimes, B.Houli, L.Baker, S.Bolton, J.Caddy, J.Ross
Out: R.Garthwaite, D.Butler, O.Markov, D.Martin (suspension), J.Short (elbow), T.Cotchin (hamstring)
New: Jack Ross (Oakleigh U18)

North Melbourne v Adelaide at Marvel Stadium, 7.25pm AEST


In: M.Wood, J.Anderson, P.Ahern, C.Zurhaar
Out: T.Campbell, D.Tyson, B.McKay, B.Scott (rested)


In: M.Poholke, C.Ellis-Yolmen
Out: P.Seedsman (knee), B.Gibbs 

West Coast v Fremantle at Optus Stadium, 6.10pm AWST


In: L.Duggan
Out: J.Rotham


In: S.Switkowski, L.Schultz
Out: B.Banfield, N.Fyfe (concussion)

Sunday, April 14

Gold Coast v Carlton at Metricon Stadium, 2.40pm AEST


In: W.Brodie, S.Day, G.Horlin-Smith, A.Young
Out: Nil


In: M.Kennedy, J.Silvagni, C.Curnow, L.Stocker
Out: Nil
New: Liam Stocker (Sandringham U18)

St Kilda v Hawthorn at Marvel Stadium, 3.20pm AEST


In: J.Steven, B.Long, B.Paton, D.Joyce
Out: Nil


In: J.Roughead, D.Howe, T.Miles, K.Brand
Out: Nil