WITH the trade and draft periods done and dusted, there will be plenty of fresh faces, and a few new older heads, running around for your team in 2020.

So who gets the nod? Who's on the bench? Who misses out?

Here's how our reporters see your club's line-up for the opening round next season.

*players in italics are new to the club
*depth list is in alphabetical order


The most contentious call was starting Bryce Gibbs across half-back. He's a great ball-user but doesn't have the leg speed to play in a midfield that's lacking pace already. Brodie Smith and Wayne Milera add a different dimension to the midfield. Elliott Himmelberg edges out Port Adelaide recruit Billy Frampton for the forward/ruck role, while second-year small forward Ned McHenry is a strong chance to debut in round one. Experienced key back Kyle Hartigan gets the nod over No.6 overall draft pick Fischer McAsey. Ex-Collingwood forward Ben Crocker, picked up in the rookie draft, will also be close to selection. – Lee Gaskin

B: Luke Brown, Daniel Talia, Tom Doedee
HB: Rory Laird, Kyle Hartigan, Bryce Gibbs
C: Rory Atkins, Rory Sloane, Paul Seedsman
HF: Chayce Jones, Taylor Walker, Tom Lynch
F: Lachlan Murphy, Darcy Fogarty, Elliott Himmelberg
Foll: Reilly O'Brien, Matt Crouch, Brad Crouch
I/C: Jake Kelly, Ned McHenry, Wayne Milera, Brodie Smith

Defenders: Jordon Butts, Will Hamill, David Mackay, Fischer McAsey, Andrew McPherson, Lachlan Sholl
Midfielders: Jordan Gallucci, Lachlan Gollant, Ben Keays, Ronin O'Connor, Myles Poholke, Harry Schoenberg, Patrick Wilson
Forwards: Ben Crocker, Ben Davis, Billy Frampton, Riley Knight, Shane McAdam, Tyson Stengle, Josh Worrell
Rucks: Kieran Strachan


Gone with very much the same team that played the majority of 2019. Providing they do everything right through pre-season, those players deserve the first opportunity after what they produced last season. Luke Hodge's retirement opens up a spot in the backline and Callum Ah Chee comes right in, providing the Lions with the speed they crave. A few players have a fight on their hands to keep their spot – Alex Witherden, Cam Rayner and Allen Christensen are on that list - with recruits Grant Birchall and Cam Ellis-Yolmen (pictured together below) waiting in the wings. Cedric Cox and Rhys Mathieson are very unlucky, while youngsters Ely Smith, Tom Berry, Brandon Starcevich and Jack Payne could be quick inclusions if form or injury allows them. – Michael Whiting

B: Noah Answerth, Harris Andrews, Darcy Gardiner
HB: Daniel Rich, Marcus Adams, Callum Ah Chee
C: Mitch Robinson, Jarrod Berry, Hugh McCluggage
HF: Cam Rayner, Dan McStay, Lincoln McCarthy
F: Charlie Cameron, Eric Hipwood, Oscar McInerney
Foll: Stefan Martin, Lachie Neale, Dayne Zorko
I/C: Jarryd Lyons, Alex Witherden, Allen Christensen, Zac Bailey

Defenders: Jacob Allison, Grant BirchallKeidean Coleman, Matt Eagles, Mitch Hinge, Ryan Lester, James Madden, Jack Payne, Jaxon Prior, Sam Skinner, Brock Smith
Midfielders: Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Tom Joyce, Corey Lyons, Rhys Mathieson, Connor McFadyen, Deven Robertson, Ely Smith, Brandon Starcevich
Forwards: Connor Ballenden, Tom Berry, Cedric Cox, Tom Fullarton, Toby Wooller
Rucks: Archie Smith


The Blues suddenly have depth across the board, which is important for young coach David Teague. A developing midfield group now has Jack Newnes and Sam Philp vying for positions, while Lochie O'Brien, Paddy Dow and Liam Stocker will likely start the year in reserve to experienced trio Patrick Cripps, Marc Murphy and Ed Curnow. There are question marks over the fitness of attacking duo Charlie Curnow and Harry McKay, though Levi Casboult will provide handy depth after a career-best season last year. Meanwhile, the lack of speed and class through the forward line has been addressed via the recruitment of Jack Martin (pictured below) and Eddie Betts. The club's first draft pick, Brodie Kemp, is likely to start his Carlton career down back. However, the powerful 193cm prospect sees himself as a big-bodied midfielder in time. – Riley Beveridge

B: Lachie Plowman, Jacob Weitering, Caleb Marchbank
Kade Simpson, Liam Jones, Sam Docherty
Sam Petrevski-Seton, Patrick Cripps, Sam Walsh
Zac Fisher, Charlie Curnow, Jack Martin
Eddie Betts, Harry McKay, Mitch McGovern
Matthew Kreuzer, Marc Murphy, Ed Curnow
Nic Newman, Will Setterfield, Jack Silvagni, Michael Gibbons

Defenders: Hugh Goddard, Brodie Kemp, Harrison Macreadie, Tom Williamson
Midfielders: Matt Cottrell, Paddy Dow, Jack Newnes, Lochie O'Brien, Sam Philp, Sam Ramsay, Liam Stocker
Forwards: Levi Casboult, David Cuningham, Josh Honey, Matthew Kennedy, Darcy Lang, Finbar O'Dwyer, Matt Owies, Fraser Phillips, Cam Polson, Ben Silvagni
Rucks: Tom De Koning, Marc Pittonet

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The Pies' best 22 for round one again looks a formidable combination, particularly if star playmaker Dayne Beams recovers well from his injury and mental health issues. Mason Cox (pictured below) is set to reassert himself at the expense of the oft-injured Ben Reid but could also come under pressure from ex-Swans ruckman/forward Darcy Cameron. It's unclear at this stage whether Tom Langdon will have enough match fitness after his season-ending knee surgery so we've left him out, while fellow defender Levi Greenwood is likely to miss the bulk of the season after rupturing his ACL in the qualifying final, although he's already back running so anything's possible. The Pies boast a sturdy, versatile backline but are light on for key defensive depth, which makes delisted veteran Lynden Dunn all but certain to be given a lifeline via the pre-season supplemental selection period (SSP). – Ben Collins

B: Jeremy Howe, Jordan Roughead, John Noble
HB: Jack Crisp, Darcy Moore, Brayden Maynard
C: Tom Phillips, Scott Pendlebury, Steele Sidebottom
HF: Jordan De Goey, Brody Mihocek, Will Hoskin-Elliott
F: Jaidyn Stephenson, Mason Cox, Jamie Elliott
Foll: Brodie Grundy, Dayne Beams, Taylor Adams
I/C: Adam Treloar, Chris Mayne, Callum Brown, Josh Thomas

Defenders: Flynn Appleby, Trent Bianco, Levi Greenwood, Mark Keane, Will Kelly, Tom Langdon, Jack Madgen, Nathan Murphy, Isaac Quaynor, Trey Ruscoe, Matt Scharenberg
Midfielders: Tyler Brown, Jay Rantall, Brayden Sier, Rupert Wills
Forwards: Atu Bosenavulagi, Tim Broomhead, Josh Daicos, Ben Reid, Anton Tohill, Travis Varcoe, Tom Wilson
Rucks: Darcy Cameron, Max Lynch


Essendon will be banking on a better run with injury to power it up the ladder next year. In the end, the Bombers didn't lose any players through the trade period, and those they gained - Tom Cutler (from Brisbane) and Andrew Phillips (Carlton) - will be squad players rather than walk-up starts next year. All of the Bombers' national draftees are also likely to take time to crack senior selection, although former Roo Mitch Hibberd could be a chance. The Bombers have plenty of cover across half-back, and although Brandon Zerk-Thatcher isn't in this line-up, expect to see him plenty next year. David Zaharakis' form dipped last season, even seeing the veteran shifted to half-back at different stages, and the likes of Dylan Clarke, Brayden Ham and Kyle Langford will be gunning for his spot, as well as Jacob Townsend, who has been earmarked for a midfield role at his third club. The Bombers have little ready-to-go key forward depth so will be hopeful Joe Daniher can get back to full fitness. – Callum Twomey

B: Patrick Ambrose, Michael Hurley, Mason Redman
HB: Adam Saad, Cale Hooker, Conor McKenna
C: Darcy Parish, Dyson Heppell, Andrew McGrath
HF: Orazio Fantasia, Joe Daniher, Devon Smith
F: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Shaun McKernan, Jake Stringer
Foll: Tom Bellchambers, Dylan Shiel, Zach Merrett
I/C: Martin Gleeson, Matt Guelfi, Aaron Francis, David Zaharakis

Defenders: Tom Cutler, Lachie Johnson, Cian McBride, Ross McQuillan, Jordan Ridley, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher
Midfielders: Dylan Clarke, Brayden Ham, Mitch Hibberd, Kyle Langford, Kobe Mutch, Will Snelling, Jacob Townsend
Forwards: Josh Begley, Ned Cahill, Noah Gown, Harrison Jones, Jayden Laverde, Irving Mosquito, James Stewart
Rucks: Nick Bryan, Sam Draper, Andrew Phillips

Essendon draftees (L-R) Lachlan Johnson, Ned Cahill, Mitch Hibberd, Harrison Jones and Nick Bryan. Picture: AFL Photos

DRAFT TRACKER Every pick, every player


Expect new coach Justin Longmuir's emphasis on skills to see No.7 draft pick Hayden Young selected for round one, with No.8 pick Caleb Serong unlucky to miss. No.9 pick Liam Henry is still on the comeback from his knee injury and faces a delayed pre-season, but his pace and goal sense will be massive assets when his time comes. The Dockers won't take any risks with star defender Alex Pearce, who won't be back training until late February after more ankle surgery, while recruits Blake Acres (St Kilda) and James Aish (Collingwood) should slot straight in for Freo's new era. - Chris Correia

B: Luke Ryan, Joel Hamling, Ethan Hughes
HB: Nathan Wilson, Griffin Logue, Hayden Young
C: Stephen Hill, Andrew Brayshaw, Darcy Tucker
HF: Michael Walters, Jesse Hogan, David Mundy
F: Brandon Matera, Matt Taberner, Rory Lobb
Foll: Sean Darcy, Nat Fyfe, Connor Blakely
I/C: Blake Acres, James Aish, Adam Cerra, Reece Conca

Defenders: Jason Carter, Taylin Duman, Alex Pearce, Jarvis Pina, Leno Thomas, Tobe Watson
Midfielders: Bailey Banfield, Brett Bewley, Travis Colyer, Mitchell Crowden, Michael Frederick, Stefan Giro, Tom North, Caleb Serong, Luke Valente
Forwards: Isaiah Butters, Brennan Cox, Hugh Dixon, Liam Henry, Cam McCarthy, Dillon O'Reilly, Lachie Schultz, Sam Sturt, Sam Switkowski
Rucks: Lloyd Meek

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Tim Kelly's off-season departure to West Coast leaves a massive hole in the midfield, but the Cats will be banking on recruit Jack Steven (pictured below) recapturing the form that saw him win four best and fairests at St Kilda. There is no room for the Cats' other acquisition in the Telstra AFL Trade Period with former Crow Josh Jenkins behind Esava Ratugolea and Rhys Stanley in the pecking order. Gary Rohan is another unlucky omission, but the coaching staff love Tom Atkins' tackling pressure and Quinton Narkle's ability to go through the midfield gives him the nod over the former Swan. The Cats have plenty of options waiting in the wings with Charlie Constable, Sam Menegola and Jed Bews all on the cusp, while Nakia Cockatoo will be tough to leave out if he completes an injury-free pre-season, but that's a big if– Ben Sutton

B: Tom Stewart, Mark Blicavs, Jake Kolodjashnij
HB: Mark O'Connor, Harry Taylor, Zach Tuohy
C: Mitch Duncan, Joel Selwood, Jordan Clark
HF: Luke Dahlhaus, Esava Ratugolea, Brandan Parfitt
F: Gryan Miers, Tom Hawkins, Gary Ablett
Foll: Rhys Stanley, Patrick Dangerfield, Jack Steven
I/C: Cameron Guthrie, Tom Atkins, Jack Henry, Quinton Narkle

Jed Bews, Sam De Koning, Zach Guthrie, Lachie Henderson, Ben Jarvis, Stefan Okunbor
Midfielders: Oscar Brownless, Charlie Constable, Jacob Kennerley, Sam Menegola, James Parsons, Sam Simpson, Cooper Stephens 
Forwards: Brad Close, Nakia Cockatoo, Francis Evans, Lachie Fogarty, Josh Jenkins, Nathan Kreuger, Gary Rohan, Blake Schlensog, Cameron Taheny, Jake Tarca  
Rucks: Darcy Fort


Rory Thompson's return from an ACL immediately solidifies the backline. Sam Collins could easily squeeze in as his key defensive partner, but Charlie Ballard and Jack Lukosius developed nicely last year and should get the first opportunity. Brandon Ellis adds much-needed outside run, while Wil Powell is a nice complement on the other wing. The Suns are loaded for inside midfield options, with No.1 draft pick Matt Rowell an exciting addition and Hugh Greenwood (pictured below) adding versatility as a mid-forward. A full pre-season should see Izak Rankine add some spark to the forward line, while we've rewarded the 2019 form of Darcy Macpherson and Sam Day to give them the nod over Sean Lemmens and Peter Wright respectively. – Michael Whiting

B: Jesse Joyce, Rory Thompson, Jack Lukosius
HB: Pearce Hanley, Charlie Ballard, Jarrod Harbrow
C: Brandon Ellis, Jack Bowes, Wil Powell
HF: Darcy Macpherson, Ben King, Ben Ainsworth
F: Izak Rankine, Sam Day, Alex Sexton
Foll: Jarrod Witts, David Swallow, Matt Rowell
I/C: Touk Miller, Brayden Fiorini, Hugh Greenwood, Lachie Weller

Defenders: Chris Burgess, Sam Collins, Corey Ellis, Caleb Graham, Jacob Heron, Jack Hombsch, Jez McLennan, Jordan Murdoch, Jeremy Sharp, Luke Towey
Midfielders: Will Brodie, Connor Budarick, Jacob Dawson, Sam Flanders, Sam Fletcher, Nick Holman, George Horlin-Smith, Anthony Miles, Mitch Riordan, Josh Schoenfeld
Forwards: Noah Anderson, Josh Corbett, Jy Farrar, Sean Lemmens, Patrick Murtagh, Malcolm Rosas, Peter Wright
Rucks: Matt Conroy, Zac Smith

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Former co-captain Callan Ward is the biggest name missing as he works his way back from an ACL, while we went with Zac Langdon over Brent Daniels, Daniel Lloyd and Bobby Hill for the small forward spot based on his scoring ability. Highly rated draftee Tom Green was considered but Jackson Hately and Jye Caldwell deserve their positions in the midfield rotation, and Shane Mumford was given the No.1 ruck role ahead of Sam Jacobs because he'll be fresh and ready to go. Aiden Corr is named as the third tall defender, but Adam Kennedy or Isaac Cumming could easily have slotted in if we'd gone smaller. New skipper Stephen Coniglio goes back into the middle with Tim Taranto to start forward for his marking ability. – Adam Curley

B: Heath Shaw, Sam Taylor, Aidan Corr
HB: Zac Williams, Phil Davis, Nick Haynes
C: Josh Kelly, Jacob Hopper, Lachie Whitfield
HF: Zac Langdon, Jeremy Cameron, Toby Greene
F: Jeremy Finlayson, Harry Himmelberg, Tim Taranto
Foll: Shane Mumford, Stephen Coniglio, Matt de Boer
I/C: Harry Perryman, Jackson Hately, Jye Caldwell, Sam Reid

Defenders: Lachlan Ash, Callum Brown, Matt Buntine, Isaac Cumming, Connor Idun, Lachie Keeffe, Adam Kennedy, Jake Stein
Midfielders: Tom Green, Thomas Hutchesson, Xavier O'Halloran, Tommy Sheridan, Nic Shipley, Callan Ward
Forwards: Jack Buckley, Brent Daniels, Bobby Hill, Daniel Lloyd, Jake Riccardi, Zach Sproule
Rucks: Kieren Briggs, Matt Flynn, Sam Jacobs


Brownlow medallist Tom Mitchell is back after a broken leg cost him all of 2019, while ex-Demon Sam Frost slots straight into the Hawks' defence. Michael Hartley is backline depth at this stage. Jarman Impey's ACL setback is why he's not in this side. Ben McEvoy might end up being the starting ruckman again by round one but Hawthorn keeps insisting his stint at centre half-back wasn't just an experiment. Jon Ceglar assumes the No.1 role in that scenario, and Jon Patton fits somewhere in the back-up ruck equation, too. Ollie Hanrahan narrowly wins the small forward spot ahead of Paul Puopolo – it could easily be the opposite – but that's contingent on the nine-gamer's defensive pressure spiking in the pre-season. Shaun Burgoyne and captain Ben Stratton could come under serious pressure, especially once Impey is fit again. Tim O'Brien is unlucky, while Darren Minchington is training with the Hawks in the hope of snatching the last list berth. – Marc McGowan

B: Jack Scrimshaw, James Frawley, Blake Hardwick
HB: James Sicily, Ben McEvoy, Sam Frost
C: Isaac Smith, Tom Mitchell, Tom Scully
HF: Chad Wingard, Mitch Lewis, Jack Gunston
F: Ollie Hanrahan, Jon Patton, Luke Breust
Foll: Jon Ceglar, James Worpel, Jaeger O'Meara
I/C: Liam Shiels, Ricky Henderson, Shaun Burgoyne, Ben Stratton

Defenders: Will Day, Conor Glass, Damon Greaves, Michael Hartley, Jarman Impey, Changkuoth Jiath, Jacob Koschitzke
Midfielders: James Cousins, Will Golds, Dan Howe, Harry Jones, Finn Maginness, Harry Morrison 
Forwards: Emerson Jeka, Dylan Moore, Josh Morris, Conor Nash, Tim O'Brien, Paul Puopolo, Jackson Ross, Mathew Walker
Rucks: Ned Reeves

Hawks recruit Jon Patton shows off his new colours at training in December. Picture: AFL Photos


Recruits Ed Langdon (pictured below) and Adam Tomlinson assume wing roles, while first-round draft pick Kozzy Pickett edges out Jay Lockhart to be the small forward but this may be a bit premature. Oscar McDonald is better suited to playing on the second-best tall forward and wins a berth over Harry Petty and Marty Hore. Alex Neal-Bullen had an awful 2019 but is an endurance and pressure specialist and a best-22 staple when in form. Mitch Hannan and Tom Sparrow are around the mark, and Joel Smith and Aaron vandenBerg will have roles to play after neither appeared this year because of injury. Mitch Brown could be the third tall forward, if the Demons opt for a bigger frontline. Harley Bennell is training with Melbourne and could be a valuable addition via the pre-season supplemental selection period. – Marc McGowan

B: Neville Jetta, Steven May, Oscar McDonald
HB: Christian Salem, Jake Lever, Michael Hibberd
C: Ed Langdon, Jack Viney, Adam Tomlinson
HF: Christian Petracca, Tom McDonald, James Harmes
F: Kozzy Pickett, Sam Weideman, Jake Melksham
Foll: Max Gawn, Clayton Oliver, Angus Brayshaw
I/C: Bayley Fritsch, Jayden Hunt, Nathan Jones, Alex Neal-Bullen

Defenders: Marty Hore, Harry Petty, Aaron Nietschke, Trent Rivers, Josh Wagner
Midfielders: Oskar Baker, Kyle Dunkley, James Jordon, Kade Kolodjashnij, Charlie Spargo, Tom Sparrow
Forwards: Toby Bedford, Mitch Brown, Kade Chandler, Mitch Hannan, Jay Lockhart, Joel Smith, Aaron vandenBerg, Corey Wagner
Rucks: Austin Bradtke, Luke Jackson, Braydon Preuss


This squad is far from set, starting with the key defensive posts. Majak Daw was good in 2018 before serious injuries sidelined him for all bar four VFL games this year, while Josh Walker joins as a delisted free agent. Sam Durdin is right in the thick of that race, Ben McKay will try to put himself back in it, and Jamie Macmillan is another option if the Roos prefer a different type. Ben Jacobs, Aaron Hall and Dom Tyson all had wretched 2019 campaigns for varying reasons. Jed Anderson and Bailey Scott could force their way in on pre-season form, and Will Walker (after a season out with injury), Paul Ahern, Tom Murphy, Kyron Hayden and Aiden Bonar are wildcards. Ed Vickers-Willis' ACL recovery leaves him out. – Marc McGowan

B: Marley Williams, Robbie Tarrant, Majak Daw
HB: Jasper Pittard, Josh Walker, Shaun Atley
C: Trent Dumont, Ben Cunnington, Jared Polec
HF: Mason Wood, Nick Larkey, Tarryn Thomas
F: Cameron Zurhaar, Ben Brown, Kayne Turner
Foll: Todd Goldstein, Shaun Higgins, Jack Ziebell
I/C: Jy Simpkin, Taylor Garner, Luke Davies-Uniacke, Luke McDonald

Defenders: Joel Crocker, Sam Durdin, Jamie Macmillan, Matt McGuinness, Ben McKay, Tom Murphy, Flynn Perez, Ed Vickers-Willis
Midfielders: Paul Ahern, Jed Anderson, Aiden Bonar, Aaron Hall, Kyron Hayden, Ben Jacobs, Bailey Scott, Dom Tyson
Forwards: Charlie Comben, Lachie Hosie, Jack Mahony, Curtis Taylor, Will Walker
Rucks: Tom Campbell, Tristan Xerri


The Power are more than happy to give youngsters a chance, as they did with Connor Rozee, Zak Butters and Xavier Duursma last season. Forward Miles Bergman is an exciting prospect and should be in line for a round one debut. It was a tough call between veteran Justin Westhoff and Todd Marshall, but Westhoff's experience gave him the edge. Jack Watts will go close to unseating Joel Garner for a defensive role, while Willem Drew will be coming back from foot surgery, which opens the door for Sam Powell-Pepper to start in the side. The Power played two rucks a lot last season, but Scott Lycett plays his best as the lead ruckman and deserves first crack. – Lee Gaskin

B: Ryan Burton, Tom Clurey, Darcy Byrne-Jones
HB: Hamish Hartlett, Tom Jonas, Riley Bonner
C: Karl Amon, Tom Rockliff, Xavier Duursma
HF: Robbie Gray, Justin Westhoff, Connor Rozee
F: Zak Butters, Charlie Dixon, Brad Ebert
Foll: Scott Lycett, Travis Boak, Ollie Wines
I/C: Miles Bergman, Joel Garner, Dan Houston, Sam Powell-Pepper

Defenders: Martin Frederick, Riley Grundy, Jarrod Lienert, Trent McKenzie, Jake Pasini, Jack Watts
Midfielders: Joe Atley, Trent Burgoyne, Willem Drew, Sam Mayes, Jackson Mead, Steven Motlop, Cam Sutcliffe
Forwards: Wylie Buzza, Tobin Cox, Kane Farrell, Mitch Georgiades, Todd Marshall, Jake Patmore, Dylan Williams, Boyd Woodcock
Rucks: Sam Hayes, Peter Ladhams

The Meads and Burgoynes will continue a legacy at Port Adelaide. Picture: portadelaidefc.com.au


Two premiership players – Nathan Broad and Liam Baker – along with Gold Coast-bound Brandon Ellis miss out on the side, allowing for the inclusions of Alex Rance, Jack Graham and Sydney Stack. It's a tough call. The Tigers love what the dour Broad brings to the side, while Baker's enthusiasm is second to none. There's certainly no guarantee Jack Higgins will be right to go in round one; he is still on a part-time program after two operations for a bleed on his brain. Grand Final heartbreak stories Jack Ross and Kamdyn McIntosh are viable options to come into the team in the case of injury. – Sarah Black

B: David Astbury, Alex Rance, Dylan Grimes
HB: Nick Vlastuin, Bachar Houli, Jayden Short
C: Josh Caddy, Dustin Martin, Jack Graham
HF: Shane Edwards, Jack Riewoldt, Kane Lambert
F: Jason Castagna, Tom Lynch, Shai Bolton
Foll: Ivan Soldo, Dion Prestia, Trent Cotchin
I/C: Toby Nankervis, Sydney Stack, Daniel Rioli, Marlion Pickett

Defenders: Liam Baker, Nathan Broad, Derek Eggmolesse-Smith, Ryan Garthwaite, Ben Miller, Patrick Naish, Bigoa Nyuon
Midfielders: Riley Collier-Dawkins, Thomson Dow, Luke English, Will Martyn, Kamdyn McIntosh, Hugo Ralphsmith, Jack Ross, Fraser Turner
Forwards: Jake Aarts, Noah Cumberland, Jack Higgins, Oleg Markov
Rucks: Noah Balta, Mabior Chol, Callum Coleman-Jones


A lot of changes for the Saints from their round 23 line-up due to the number of ready-made players recruited. All five make the cut, meaning Shane Savage and Jack Lonie are the unluckiest of the 2019 Saints and just miss out. Any injuries would mean the duo are into the side. If Dylan Roberton is match-fit by round one, he is straight into the side, but at the start of pre-season there are still too many unknowns over his heart condition. It's a very different line-up forward of centre, with a brand new full-forward line. – Sarah Black

B: Jarryn Geary, Dougal Howard, Callum Wilkie
HB: Josh Battle, Jake Carlisle, Hunter Clark
C: Jack Billings, Seb Ross, Bradley Hill
HF: Jade Gresham, Tim Membrey, Jack Sinclair
F: Max King, Paddy Ryder, Dan Butler
Foll: Rowan Marshall, Jack Steele, Dan Hannebery
I/C: Zak Jones, Jimmy Webster, Nick Hind, Luke Dunstan

Defenders: Logan Austin, Nathan Brown, Oscar Clavarino, Nick Coffield, Darragh Joyce, Jonathon Marsh, Daniel McKenzie, Ben Paton, Dylan Roberton, Shane Savage
Midfielders: Ryan Byrnes, Jack Bytel, Leo Connolly, Doulton Langlands, Ed Phillips
Forwards: Dean Kent, Ben Long, Jack Lonie, Jack Mayo, Matthew Parker
Rucks: Ryan Abbott, Sam Alabakis, Jack Bell

Former Hawks teammates Jarryd Roughead and Bradley Hill have reunited at St Kilda. Picture: AFL Photos


The biggest move we've made with this new-look Swans outfit is using Sam Reid as a third tall defender. This gives youngster Tom McCartin a decent run next to Lance Franklin and Nick Blakey inside 50, and while he's been solid as a forward, Reid's marking ability is more valuable in the back half. Lewis Melican was considered but he misses out. We think Sam Gray and Lewis Taylor can add something at ground level inside 50, which gives Tom Papley more midfield time, while Isaac Heeney will split his time between deep forward and on the ball. Callum Mills stays in defence for now. – Adam Curley

B: Sam Reid, Dane Rampe, Callum Mills
HB: Jordan Dawson, Aliir Aliir, Jake Lloyd
C: Oliver Florent, Josh Kennedy, James Rowbottom
HF: Tom Papley, Tom McCartin, Will Hayward
F: Isaac Heeney, Lance Franklin, Nick Blakey
Foll: Callum Sinclair, Luke Parker, George Hewett
I/C: Harry Cunningham, Sam Gray, Colin O'Riordan, Lewis Taylor

Defenders: Kaiden Brand, Will Gould, Matthew Ling, Jack Maibaum, Justin McInerney, Lewis Melican, Harry Reynolds, Jackson Thurlow, Ryley Stoddart
Midfielders: James Bell, Ryan Clarke, Zac Foot, Robbie Fox, Brady Rowles, Dylan Stephens, Chad Warner
Forwards: Hayden McLean, Ben Ronke, Elijah Taylor, Sam Wicks
Rucks: Joel Amartey, Michael Knoll, Sam Naismith

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The Eagles are pretty settled, apart from the injection of former Geelong star Tim Kelly (pictured below) into the midfield. He effectively takes Chris Masten's spot, although they are playing slightly different roles. All-Australian defender Jeremy McGovern will have a disrupted pre-season after having heel surgery, but he's expected to be right for round one. Small forward Willie Rioli's availability remains up in the air due to his ASADA situation. The Eagles have a list spot free they can use in the SPP, with former GWS and Carlton forward Jarrod Pickett among the players in consideration. – Lee Gaskin

B: Jackson Nelson, Tom Barrass, Brad Sheppard
HB: Shannon Hurn, Jeremy McGovern, Lewis Jetta
C: Jack Redden, Elliot Yeo, Andrew Gaff
HF: Jamie Cripps, Jack Darling, Mark Hutchings
F: Oscar Allen, Josh Kennedy, Liam Ryan
Foll: Nic Naitanui, Luke Shuey, Tim Kelly
I/C: Dom Sheed, Tom Hickey, Jack Petruccelle, Will Schofield

Defenders: Tom Cole, Harry Edwards, Ben Johnson, Josh Rotham, Francis Watson
Midfielders: Brendon Ah Chee, Brayden Ainsworth, Hamish Brayshaw, Liam Duggan, Luke Foley, Mitch O'Neill, Xavier O'Neill, Daniel Venables
Forwards: Jarrod Brander, Jarrod Cameron, Willie Rioli, Anthony Treacy, Jake Waterman
Rucks: Callum Jamieson, Nathan Vardy, Bailey Williams


This Dogs team was extremely tough to pick, and some established names missed the cut. Matt Suckling, Mitch Wallis, Jackson Trengove and Zaine Cordy could all fit into the 22, along with Bailey Williams, Lin Jong and Billy Gowers. Gun recruit Alex Keath slots into the key back role with Easton Wood, allowing Jason Johannisen and Hayden Crozier to play tall and attack from the deck. Aaron Naughton can swing into defence if needed, which allows for a more mobile forward line. The bench is full of speed and versatility, something the 2020 Bulldogs will be reliant on. – Adam Curley

B: Taylor Duryea, Easton Wood, Jason Johannisen
HB: Hayden Crozier, Alex Keath, Caleb Daniel
C: Jack Macrae, Marcus Bontempelli, Lachie Hunter
HF: Sam Lloyd, Aaron Naughton, Bailey Dale
F: Josh Schache, Josh Bruce, Tory Dickson
Foll: Tim English, Josh Dunkley, Bailey Smith
I/C: Tom Liberatore, Ed Richards, Patrick Lipinski, Toby McLean

Defenders: Louis Butler, Zaine Cordy, Ryan Gardner, Buku Khamis, Bradley Lynch, Roarke Smith, Bailey Williams, Lachie Young, Lewis Young, Laitham Vandermeer
Midfielders: Riley Garcia, Will Hayes, Lin Jong, Callum Porter, Matt Suckling, Mitch Wallis, Rhylee West
Forwards: Ben Cavarra, Billy Gowers, Fergus Greene, Cody Weightman
Rucks: Jordon Sweet, Jackson Trengove

Western Bulldogs draftees Cody Weightman, Louis Butler and Riley Garcia pose at training. Picture: AFL Photos