Essendon has named three changes for its round 15 side to face West Coast at Optus Stadium on Friday night.
Forwards Kyle Langford, Will Snelling and ruckman Nick Bryan enter the Bombers’ team, while Andrew McGrath (injured), Brayden Ham (omitted) and Andrew Phillips (managed) all come out of the side.
Langford and Snelling return after long injury layoffs, having not played AFL since rounds one and four respectively.
Both made successful comebacks via Essendon’s VFL team last weekend and gave the Dons experience for their clash with West Coast.
Young ruckman Bryan will return for his first game since round 10, replacing veteran Andrew Phillips who has been managed.
Deputy vice-captain McGrath will miss Friday’s and next week’s matches after re-injuring his adductor.
ESSENDON’S RD 15 TEAM
Backs: Jake Kelly, Jayden Laverde Jordan Ridley
Half backs: Mason Redman, Dyson Heppell, Nick Hind
Centreline: Will Snelling, Zach Merrett, Sam Durham
Half forwards: Dylan Shiel, Kyle Langford, Massimo D’Ambrosio
Forwards: Peter Wright, Jake Stringer, Harrison Jones
Followers: Sam Draper, Jye Caldwell, Nic Martin
Bench: Matt Guelfi, Archie Perkins, Ben Hobbs, Nick Bryan
Emergencies: Brayden Ham, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher, Alec Waterman, Tom Cutler
In: Langford, Snelling, Bryan
Out: McGrath (injured), Ham (omitted), Phillips (managed)
Last week’s medical sub: James Stewart (not used)