Richmond has named a near full-strength squad for its second pre-season game, against Port Adelaide in Albury this Saturday.
Captain Trent Cotchin and injured midfielder Nathan Foley are the most notable absentees in a 29-player squad.
The likes of Brett Deledio, Ivan Maric, Dustin Martin, Jack Riewoldt and Alex Rance will play their first competitive games at AFL level this season.
In all, 12 different Tigers have been included in the squad which was defeated by the Western Bulldogs by 22 points at Whitten Oval on February 28.
“Our intention always was to have a stronger NAB 2 team,” coach Damien Hardwick said.
“It was always the way we were going to go . . . give the younger players an opportunity that NAB 1 game because it was five weeks out from Round 1.
“Now we’re about three weeks away. So the majority of our senior squad will be out playing this week.”
Meanwhile, for Port, it will be 651 days between AFL games for Jarrad Redden when he pulls on the teal NAB Challenge guernsey on Saturday.
The ruckman has been selected for his first game since Round 10, 2013 when the Power lost to the Bulldogs up in Darwin.
He has been named in the Power’s 29-man squad to take on Richmond in Albury today.
The game will serve as a valuable opportunity to test the mettle of some of the Power’s newest recruits and younger players.
Mitch Harvey, Darcy Byrne-Jones and Tom Logan will play their first games of this year’s NAB Challenge, while Sam Russell, Dougal Howard, Jesse Palmer and Johann Wagner, are set to make their first appearance at the elite level.
This will be one of the Power’s youngest and least experienced teams in recent memory, with the omission of Boak, Ebert, Hamish Hartlett, Robbie Gray, Kane Cornes, Alipate Carlile, Jay Schulz and Justin Westhoff.
In: Polec, Broadbent, Hombsch, Russell, Logan, Wagner, Palmer, Redden, Byrne-Jones, Howard, Harvey
Out: Boak, Ebert, Hartlett, Gray, Cornes, Carlile, Schulz, Westhoff
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