THE WESTERN Bulldogs have made a change ahead of Wednesday night's clash with Richmond, with small forward Cody Weightman a late out.
The first-year goalkicker, who has played two games at AFL level, has been replaced by veteran tall Jackson Trengove.
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Richmond will line up as selected.
Weightman booted two goals from nine disposals on debut against Essendon in round seven but was quieter against Gold Coast last week, finding four disposals.
Wednesday night's match fires up the 'festival of footy' in what will be the first of 33 games played across 20 consecutive days.
Richmond is sitting just outside the eight and needs to get its stop-start season going if it is to have any hope of the defending its title.
The sixth-placed Dogs have also been inconsistent but are making their move after winning four out of their last five.
Richmond made four changes for the game and axed premiership players Daniel Rioli and Jack Graham for the second time this year.
Trent Cotchin has returned from his hamstring injury and Sydney Stack has also been recalled to play a midfield role.
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The Tigers also promoted Oleg Markov – for his first senior appearance since round three last season – and Jack Ross but dumped Patrick Naish and lost Nick Vlastuin to a calf injury.
Richmond is, however, still missing prominent members Bachar Houli, Dion Prestia, Shane Edwards, David Astbury, Toby Nankervis and Josh Caddy.
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Former Tiger Sam Lloyd and Toby McLean will bolster the Bulldogs' line-up at the expense of Lachie Young and the injured Callum Porter (AC joint), who made his debut last week.
Wednesday, July 29
Western Bulldogs v Richmond, Metricon Stadium, 7.10pm AEST
In: T.McLean, S.Lloyd, J.Trengove
Out: La.Young (Omitted), C.Porter (AC joint), C.Weightman (managed)
In: S.Stack, T.Cotchin, O.Markov, J.Ross
Out: P.Naish (Omitted), D.Rioli (Omitted), J.Graham (Omitted), N.Vlastuin (calf)