PREMIERSHIP midfielder Toby McLean is among four Western Bulldogs who have been dropped by coach Luke Beveridge as the Dogs prepare for Essendon on Friday night.
Among the other notable changes ahead of round seven include the Giants welcoming back reigning best and fairest winner Tim Taranto, North Melbourne skipper Jack Ziebell returning from injury, and Port Adelaide speedster Xavier Duursma overcoming his hamstring strain to be included.
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The Bombers have recalled Mason Redman and will blood first-gamer Ned Cahill, replacing suspended star Dylan Shiel and also Martin Gleeson, who has been managed.
Conor McKenna has been named to play after having finger surgery on Tuesday and will be given until the last minute to be passed fit for the Metricon Stadium clash.
Brisbane has made no change to its side despite last week's loss to Geelong, but the inclusion of Taranto will help the Giants against the Lions as one of three changes for Leon Cameron's men with NAB AFL Rising Star nominee Tom Green making way.
Sydney's tall stocks have received an important boost with the inclusions of Callum Sinclair, Aliir Aliir and Tom McCartin, while exciting youngster Elijah Taylor will make his AFL debut against Gold Coast at the SCG on Saturday.
Wil Powell has been brought back for the Suns, who have dropped midfielder Brayden Fiorini.
Richmond will take an unchanged lineup into Saturday night's clash with North Melbourne, who welcome back skipper Ziebell but will be without Jed Anderson again.
Zac Fisher has been named in Carlton's extended squad to take Port Adelaide on Sunday, while the Power have included Duursma, Tom Rockliff, Sam Mayes, Riley Bonner, Peter Ladhams and Mitch Georgiades in their squad.
Shaun Burgoyne is back for the Hawks against Melbourne, while West Coast skipper Luke Shuey has been named to face Fremantle, who will be without their injured skipper Nat Fyfe (hamstring) for Sunday's derby at Optus Stadium.
The squads for Monday night's Adelaide-St Kilda clash will be released on Friday evening.
Thursday, July 16
Geelong v Collingwood, Optus Stadium, 6.10pm AWST
In: J.Steven, J.Clark
Out: M.Duncan (hamstring), Q.Narkle (hamstring)
In: J.De Goey, J.Daicos
Out: M.Scharenberg (ribs), W.Kelly (elbow)
Friday, July 17
Essendon v Western Bulldogs, Metricon Stadium, 7.50pm AEST
In: M.Redman, N.Cahill
Out: D.Shiel (suspension), M.Gleeson (managed)
New: Ned Cahill
In: H.Crozier, C.Weightman, M.Suckling, La.Young
Out: J.Schache (omitted), R.West (omitted), T.McLean (omitted), L.Butler (omitted)
New: Cody Weightman
Saturday, July 18
GWS v Brisbane, Giants Stadium, 1.45pm AEST
In: Z.Langdon, J.Caldwell, T.Taranto, B.Hill
Out: T.Green (omitted), C.Ward (knee), T.Greene (knee), D.Lloyd (managed)
Sydney v Gold Coast, SCG, 4.35pm AEST
In: A.Aliir, T.McCartin, E.Taylor, C.Sinclair
Out: H.McLean (omitted), S.Gray (omitted), I.Heeney (ankle), J.Kennedy (knee)
New: Elijah Taylor
Out: B.Fiorini (omitted)
Richmond v North Melbourne, Metricon Stadium, 7.40pm AEST
In: J.Ziebell, A.Bonar, M.Wood
Out: P.Ahern (hamstring), T.Campbell (omitted), T.Thomas (ankle)
Sunday, July 19
Carlton v Port Adelaide, Gabba, 1.05pm AEST
In: Z.Fisher, M.Cottrell, S.Philp, C.Moore
New: Matthew Cottrell, Callum Moore
In: S.Mayes, T.Rockliff, X.Duursma, R.Bonner, P.Ladhams, M.Georgiades
Out: C.Sutcliffe (hamstring), B.Ebert (suspension)
New: Sam Mayes
Hawthorn v Melbourne, Giants Stadium. 3.35pm AEST
In: S.Burgoyne, D.Minchington, M.Lewis, J.Scrimshaw, H.Jones
Out: J.Patton (hamstring)
In: N.Jones, L.Jackson, A.Tomlinson, A.Neal-Bullen, J.Smith
Out: T.McDonald (eye)
Fremantle v West Coast, Optus Stadium, 4.35pm AWST
In: B.Cox, L.Meek, M.Frederick, C.Blakely, B.Matera, T.Watson
Out: N.Fyfe (hamstring), H.Young (ankle)
New: Lloyd Meek, Michael Frederick, Tobe Watson
In: L.Shuey, N.Vardy, X.O'Neill, J.Rotham
New: Xavier O'Neill
Monday, July 20
Adelaide v St Kilda, Adelaide Oval, 7.10pm ACST
Squads to be announced Friday evening with teams finalised on Saturday afternoon.