Sam Wright’s ankles are fully repaired and the North Melbourne defender will play his first game at AFL level since round 11 last season when he steps on to Manuka Oval for tonight’s JLT Community Series clash with Greater Western Sydney.
Wright, 26, managed just eight games for the Kangas last season before breaking down and he ended up having surgery on both ankles during the middle of the season.
He failed in a bid to return ahead of the finals and had more surgery after North’s exit from the finals so that he could have a complete pre-season.
The Kangas will take a strong squad to their former secondary home ground, with only Marley Williams, Mason Wood and Ben Brown missing from their likely best 22.
The Giants’ 27-man squad looks also particularly good. Brett Deledio (calf) is the only big name missing and he will not be playing in round one in any event.
No.2 draft pick Tim Taranto keeps his place, suggesting a round one debut for the Giants is on the cards.
Teams can use up to 24 players in the final pre-season game and interchange rotation limits come into play for the first time this year.
FRIDAY, MARCH 10
Greater Western Sydney v North Melbourne, Manuka Oval, 5.50pm AEDT
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY
1. Phil Davis, 3. Stephen Coniglio, 4. Toby Greene, 5. Dylan Shiel, 8. Callan Ward, 9. Tom Scully, 10. Devon Smith, 12. Jonathon Patton, 14. Tim Taranto, 15. Matthew Kennedy, 16. Nathan Wilson, 17. Steve Johnson, 18. Jeremy Cameron, 19. Nick Haynes, 20. Adam Tomlinson, 21. Matt Buntine, 22. Josh Kelly, 23. Heath Shaw, 25. Tendai Mzungu, 26. Dawson Simpson, 29. Zac Williams, 32. Ryan Griffen, 35. Aidan Corr, 37. Rory Lobb, 40. Adam Kennedy, 41. Shane Mumford, 50. Sam Reid
Notable absentees: Isaac Cumming, Matt de Boer, Brett Deledio, Harrison Himmelberg, Jacob Hopper, Harry Perryman, Will Setterfield, Lachie Whitfield
4. Shaun Higgins, 6. Lachlan Hansen, 7. Jack Ziebell, 8. Nathan Hrovat, 9. Andrew Swallow, 10. Ben Cunnington, 11. Luke McDonald, 12. Lindsay Thomas, 13. Ryan Clarke, 14. Trent Dumont, 16. Scott Thompson, 18. Shaun Atley, 19. Sam Wright, 21. Jy Simpkin, 22. Todd Goldstein, 24. Sam Durdin, 25. Robbie Tarrant, 28. Kayne Turner, 30. Jarrad Waite, 31. Braydon Preuss, 33. Ed Vickers-Willis, 34. Jamie Macmillan, 38. Majak Daw, 39. Mitch Hibberd, 41. Corey Wagner, 42. Declan Mountford, 43. Sam Gibson
Notable absentees: Marley Williams, Jed Anderson, Ben Jacobs, Mason Wood, Ben Brown
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