New faces and selection squeezes: Every AFL club’s best 22 for 2022 after the trade period

ByMalvi

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The most dramatic team makeovers are done, with 20 AFL players switching clubs during the trade period and free agency.

That’s almost a full team finding new colours – and while the draft and delisted free agency will mean more changes, we now have a good sense of how teams will look in 2021.

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ADELAIDE CROWS

B: Nick Murray, Jordon Butts, Brodie Smith

HB: Andrew McPherson, Tom Doedee, Wayne Milera

C:Jordan Dawson, Ben Keays, Paul Seedsman

HF: Harry Schoenberg, Riley Thilthorpe, Lachlan Murphy

F: Neil McHenry, Lachlan Fogarty, Shane McAdam

FOLL: Reilly O’Brien, Rory Laird, Matt Crouch

I/C: Rory Sloane, Chayce Jones, Luke Brown, Elliott Himmelberg

In: Jordan Dawson

Out:Tom Lynch, David Mackay, Tyson Stengle, Daniel Talia, Jake Kelly

WE SAY: The Crows will be boosted by the return of several injured stars and improve through natural development. They’ll also added class on in the outside in former Swans star Jordan Dawson, who Adelaide have said will play across wing and half back. We pushed him up onto the wing given the club’s plethora of defensive options, with Wayne Milera and Luke Brown returning from long-term injuries. Although Millera was set to get more midfield time himself before getting struck down with injury in 2021. Matt Crouch returns to give the midfield more grunt and round it out. There remains several other youngsters who’ll be pushing for senior selection including Billy Frampton, Sam Berry, Will Hammil, Luke Pedlar, Fischer McAsey and whoever the club takes with Pick 4.

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BRISBANE LIONS

B: Marcus Adams, Darcy Gardiner, Brandon Starcevich

HB:Ryan Lester, Harris Andrews, Daniel Rich

C: Hugh McCluggage, Dayne Zorko, Mitch Robinson

HF: Cam Rayner, Dan McStay, Zac Bailey

F: Lincoln McCarthy, Joe Daniher, Charlie Cameron

FOLL: Oscar McInerney, Jarryd Lyons, Lachie Neale

I/C: Jarrod Berry, Deven Robertson, Keiedean Coleman, Noah Answerth

In: Darcy For

Out: Grant Birchall, Archie Smith,

WE SAY: The Lions enter the 2022 season with a very similar side to the one that went down the Western Bulldogs by one point in the semi final. They’ll be boosted by the return of Cam Rayner, who’s slated for more midfield time,from an ACL injury, while Eric Hipwood is expected to miss most of the season with the same injury. Noah Answerth will also return from a groin injury that plagued him last year, with Grant Birchall’s retirement opening up a spot in the backline. Answerth got the last bench spot over the likes of Rhys Mathieson and Callum Ah Chee to provide that defensive support. The Lions brought in Darcy Fort from Geelong in the offseason and he could easily be in the 22, but we’d have Dan McStay and Joe Daniher backing up Oscar McInerney in the ruck for now, while Tom Fullarton will also be competing for the same spot.

CARLTON

B: , Liam Jones, Nic Newman

HB: Adam Saad, Jacob Weitering, Zac Williams

C:Adam Cerra, Patrick Cripps, Ed Curnow

HF: Jack Martin, Charlie Curnow, Zac Fisher

F: Jack Silvagni, Harry McKay, Josh Honey

FOLL: Tom De Koning, Sam Walsh, George Hewett

I/C: Mitch McGovern, Lewis Young, Liam Stocker, Paddy Dow

In: George Hewett, Adam Cerra, Lewis Young

Out: Eddie Betts, Levi Casboult, Marc Murphy, Sam Petrevski-Seton

WE SAY: The ‘winners’ of the trade period, it’s fair to say the Blues got a whole lot stronger this offseason. One of the h

Blues gun claims John Nicholls medal | 00:26

ardest teams to pick a best 22 for, there’s a whole host of names we could’ve fit into the side. Lachie Plowman loses his spot in the backline to Lewis Young andCaleb Marchbank, although the latter hasn’t been able to stay healthy across his career. And fingers crossed for Sam Docherty’s recovery from testicular cancer, but we’ve left him out of the side until we know more about his health. Elsewhere, David Cunningham could easily occupy a wing and push Cerra onto the ball, with he and Hewett proving solid midfield depth the club has lacked in recent years. It’s fair to ask how exactly Hewett and Cerra will both get starting midfield spots, since the wing isn’t exactly where you want the latter. Meanwhile, the likes of Lochie O’Brien, Matt Kennedy, Will Setterfield and Jack Newnes will be pressing their claims. Michael Voss has an abundance of options, and that’s a great problem to have.

COLLINGWOOD

B: Jeremy Howe, Jordan Roughead, Brayden Maynard

HB: Jack Crisp, Darcy Moore, Isaac Quaynor

C: Josh Daicos, Jordan De Goey, Patrick Lipinski

HF: Oliver Henry, Brody Mihocek, Steele Sidebottom

F: Jamie Elliott, Darcy Cameron, Will Hoskin-Elliott

FOLL: Brodie Grundy, Scott Pendlebury, Taylor Adams

I/C:Nick Daicos, Beau McCreery, Trey Ruscoe, Finlay Macrae

In: Nathan Kreuger, Patrick Lipinski

Out: Levi Greenwood, Chris Mayne, Anton Tohill, Max Lynch

WE SAY: The Magpies blooded a league-best nine debutants in 2021. As a result, Craig McRae’s team actually has solid depth going into next season, particularly when adding trade period recruits Patrick Lipinski and Nathan Kreuger into the mix. The Magpies’ best 18 or so is reasonably settled but beyond that there’s a mix of several more youngsters not listed who could also push into the selection frame including Trent Bianco, Jack Ginnivan, Nathan Murphy, Tyler Brown, Caleb Poulter and Reef McInnes. The Pies will surely look to start developing more key position players too which will open up opportunities for the likes of Kreuger, Will Kelly and Mark Keane. Scott Pendlebury will likely transition out of the midfield, while Will Hoskin-Elliott could make way for a youngster. How McRae puts his fingerprints on this side will be a fascinating watch.

Magpies recruit Patrick Lipinski (Picture: Collingwood Media)Source: Supplied

ESSENDON

B: Jordan Ridley, Jayden Laverde, Dyson Heppell

HB: Nick Hind, Jake Kelly, Mason Redman

C: Sam Durham, Darcy Parish, Nik Cox

HF: Jake Stringer, Harrison Jones, Will Snelling

F: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Peter Wright, Archie Perkins

FOLL: Sam Draper, Zach Merrett, Andrew McGrath

I/C: Kyle Langford, Dylan Shiel, Alec Waterman, James Stewart

In: Jake Kelly

Out: Ross McQuillan, Patrick Ambrose, Cale Hooker, David Zaharakis, Irving Mosquito, Ned Cahill, Lachlan Johnson, Marty Gleeson

WE SAY: After a surprise finals appearance in 2021, the challenge for the Bombers will be to harness the significant momentum they’ve generated and parlay that into next season and beyond. Still have plenty of work to do, as evidenced by their 1-9 record against top-eight sides, and will be afforded a tougher fixture in 2022 on account of their improved ladder position. But after being widely tipped as a bottom-four side this year, and resoundingly defying those predictions, there’s a sense of genuine optimism at the club for the first time in a long time. And if Michael Hurley is able to get out on the park next year, that would be a bonus after he suffered a horrendous ordeal this year courtesy of a nasty hip infection which sidelined him for the whole season. New inclusion Jake Kelly should slot straight into the back six; Matt Guelfi is the leading candidate for the sub role but we’ve left out Devon Smith.

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FREMANTLE

B: Joel Hamling, Griffin Logue, Luke Ryan

HB: Hayden Young, Alex Pearce, Jordan Clark

C: Darcy Tucker, David Mundy, James Aish

HF: Will Switkowski, Matt Taberner, Nat Fyfe

F: Lachie Schultz, Rory Lobb, Michael Walters

FOLL: Sean Darcy, Caleb Serong, Andrew Brayshaw

I/C: Nathan Wilson, Brennan Cox, Liam Henry, Will Brodie

In: Will Brodie, Jordan Clark

Out: Brett Bewley, Taylin Duman, Reece Conca, Stefan Giro, Stephen Hill, Tobe Watson, Leon Thomas, Adam Cerra

WE SAY: It almost feels strange seeing the Dockers with a full-strength backline after missing so much key personnel throughout the 2021 season. Plus with so many other key pieces returning including Nat Fyfe and Michael Walters, Fremantle will line-up considerably stronger than they did to finish last season, even after losing Adam Cerra. This Dockers team is really solid back to front and get a boost with Jordan Clark’s run and dash across half back. Will Brodie also comes into the fold and while we don’t have him as a lock for best 22, he’s a handy midfield replacement for Cerra. We left out Travis Colyer, Josh Treacy and Connor Blakely and Blake Acres but you could make a case for all of them playing, while the Dockers’ list will also be bolstered by three top 19 picks in next month’s draft including selections 6 and 8.

Cerra granted wish in chaotic trade day | 01:43

GEELONG CATS

B: Jack Henry, Mark Blicavs, Jake Kolodjashnij

HB: Tom Atkins, Tom Stewart, Jed Bews

C: Mitch Duncan, Cam Guthrie, Isaac Smith

HF: Sam Menegola, Jeremy Cameron, Gary Rohan

F: Brad Close, Tom Hawkins, Gryan Miers

FOLL:Jonathon Ceglar, Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood

I/C: Brandon Parfitt, Zach Tuohy, Esava Ratugolea, Quinton Narkle

In: Jonathon Ceglar

Out: Josh Jenkins, Ben Jarvis, Cam Taheny, Lachie Henderson, Stefan Okunbor, Nathan Kreuger, Oscar Brownless, Darcy Fort, Jordan Clark, Charlie Constable

WE SAY: Another year, another elite Geelong line-up. The Cats lost some depth over the offseason but are still bursting with talent. They’ve finally landed an established tap ruckman in Jonathon Ceglar, who slots straight into the starting role. The Cats also picked up Tyson Stengle as a delisted free agent and the former Tiger and Crow could well be in their front six come Round 1. Quinton Narkle returning on a one-year deal could suggest he’ll be given strong opportunities to play senior football. It will be interesting to see how Chris Scott manages his team’s midfield in 2022 and if guys like Narkle get more opportunities over a Joel Selwood, who’s in the twilight of his career. Nothing much else changes from their preliminary final side other than the departure of retiring veteran defender Lachie Henderson.

GOLD COAST SUNS

B: Will Powell, Sam Collins, Jack Bowes

HB: Oleg Markov, Charlie Ballard, Jack Lukosius

C: Brandon Ellis, Touk Miller, Noah Anderson

HF: Izak Rankine, Sam Day, Ben Ainsworth

F:Mabior Chol, Ben King, Alex Sexton

FOLL: Jarrod Witts, Hugh Greenwood, Matt Rowell

I/C: David Swallow, Brayden Fiorini, Lachie Weller, Connor Budarick,

In: Mabior Chol

Out: Aiden Fyfe, Jarrod Harbrow, Jack Hombsch, Jordan Murdoch, Zac Smith, Will Brodie

WE SAY: The return of Jarrod Witts will be a massive boost and makes the Suns significantly better after the club spent the majority of last season without a genuine ruckman. The Suns also added Mabior Chol as a free agent to provide extra support in the talls department. There’s so much upside on this team with young exciting talent on every line, particularly if Matt Rowell and Izak Rankine bounce back after down 2021 seasons, with the former’s cruelled by injuries. The likes of The Suns also get Lachie Weller, Hugh Greenwood and Connor Budarick back from long-term injuries to round out a team that should have genuine optimism about rising up the ladder in 2022. Brayden Fiorni finished last season strong and therefore pushes ahead of the likes of Sam Flanders and Jeremy Sharp.

Matt Rowell in action last year (Photo by Russell Freeman/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

GWS GIANTS

B: Connor Idun, Sam Taylor, Isaac Cumming

HB: Lachie Ash, Nick Haynes, Lachie Whitfield

C: Josh Kelly, Stephen Coniglio, Harry Perryman

HF: Tim Taranto, Harrison Himmelberg, Daniel Lloyd

F: Toby Grene, Jesse Hogan, Bobby Hill

FOLL: Matt Flynn, Jacob Hopper, Callan Ward

I/C: Tom Green, Jake Stein, Jake Riccardi, Matt de Boer

In: Nil

Out: Matt Buntine, Sam Reid, Nick Shipley, Tom Hutchesson, Jeremy Finlayson

WE SAY: While the Giants didn’t make any significant changes in the offseason, they still enter the 2022 campaign with a strong line-up. Toby Greene will miss the first five games of the season through suspension to open up opportunities in the forward line, with Brent Daniels potentially slotting into that spot. Matt Flynn and Braydon Preuss will battle it out for the starting ruck role in what looms as a healthy internal battle at the club. The Giants’ line-up is otherwise reasonably settled, although Leon Cameron will likely again look to continue blooding games into its new wave of players like Tanner Bruhn, Zacah Sproule, and Xavier O’Halloran after it served the club so well last season. After bursting onto the scene in his rookie season, Jake Riccardi fell out of favour last year and will look to reassert himself in the senior side.

Bobby Hill ‘deflated’ over trade fail | 01:21

HAWTHORN

B: Blake Hardwick, Denver Grainger-Barras, Jarman Impey

HB: Jack Scrimshaw, James Sicily, Changkouth Jiath

C: Will Day, Tom Mitchell, Tom Phillips

HF: Chad Wingard, Mitch Lewis, Tyler Brockman

F: Jack Gunston, Jacob Koschitzke, Luke Breust

FOLL: Ben McEvoy, James Worpel, Jaeger O’Meara

I/C: Liam Shiels, Max Lynch, Lachlan Bramble, Dylan Moore

In: Max Lynch

Out: Shaun Burgoyne, Jon Patton, Tom Scully, James Cousins, Damon Greave, Michael Hartley, Keegan Brooksby, Harrison Pepper, Tim O’Brien, Jonathon Ceglar

WE SAY: There’s plenty to be excited about if you’re a Hawks fan as the club ushers in a new era first-year coach Sam Mitchell. Max Lynch was the club’s sole addition from the trade period and will battle it out with Ned Reeves for the backup ruck role to Ben McEvoy following Jonathon Ceglar’s departure to Geelong. The Hawks’ back six is solid as a rock and clearly their strongest area of the ground and as such we’ve pushed Will Day up onto a wing. The club will look to blood as many games into Denver Grainger-Barras next year with the rest of the defensive unit. The likes of Daniel Howe, Sam Frost and Connor Nash are probably unlucky to miss, but it shows the competition for spots developing. Of course, the club will also have three top 124 picks in the draft including Pick 5 who will all be in the mix to play.

MELBOURNE

B: Adam Tomlinson, Steven May, Jake Lever

HB: Trent Rivers, Harrison Petty, Christian Salem

C: Angus Brayshaw, Christian Petracca, Ed Langdon

HF: Ales Neal-Bullen, Tom McDonald, Tom Sparrow

F: Charlie Spargo, Ben Brown, Bailey Fritsch

FOLL: Max Gawn, Clayton Oliver, Jack Viney

I/C: James Harmes, Luke Jackson, Jake Bowey, Kysaiah Pickett

In: Luke Dunstan

Out: Nathan Jones, Aaron vandenBerg, Jay Lockhart, Austin Bratdke, Aaron Nietschke

WE SAY: Could the Demons’ premiership-winning 22 become the first ever to play together again? There’s no reason why they couldn’t right now. As you’d expect from a team coming off a flag win, the Demons are as settled as any side in the competition. But injuries combined with players competing for spots is always a factor. The only change we’ve made from the Grand Final side is Adam Tomlinson replacing Michael Hibberd in the backline, while Joel Smith will also be in the mix for that role. James Jordon, who was the unused medical sub in the grand Final, featured prominently in the senior team throughout the season and will continue to press his claim for a midfield gig. So too Luke Dunstan, who joins the club as a delisted free agent as he looks to crack into a star-studded premiership midfield. Sam Weideman re-signed with the club and will be keen to take over Ben Brown or Tom McDonald’s key position role up forward, while Jake Melksham will be as hungry as ever after missing out on the flag. The Dees could also blend youngsters such as Kade Chandler and Toby Bedford into the team as they did in 2021.

Clayton Oliver of the Demons and Christian Petracca celebrating Melbourne’s premiership win. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

NORTH MELBOURNE

B: Jack Ziebell, Ben McKay, Kayne Turner

HB: Aaron Hall, Aidan Corr, Aiden Bonar

C: Jaidyn Stephenson, Jy Simpkin, Luke McDonald

HF: Jason Horne-Francis, Nick Larkey, Tarryn Thomas

F: Cam Zurhaar, Callum Coleman-Jones, Curtis Taylor

FOLL: Todd Goldstein, Ben Cunnington, Luke Davies-Uniacke

I/C: Tom Powell, Jed Anderson, Will Phillips, Atu Bosenavulagi

In: Callum Coleman-Jones

Out: Taylor Garner, Connor Menadue, Dom Tyson, Will Walker, Robbie Tarrant

WE SAY: While the Kangaroos aren’t expected to show significant improvement from their wooden spoon campaign, they have a promising young list developing. Callum Coleman-Jones was a great get from Richmond and looks to settle into a key forward/backup ruck role. We’ve put likely No. 1 pick Jason Horne-Francis into the 22 even though he hasn’t been drafted yet in what looms as a key addition for the Roos. It will otherwise be exciting to see how the likes of Ben McKay, Jaidyn Stephenson, Jy Simpkin, Nick Larkey, Cam Zurhaar, Luke Davies-Uniacke and Tom Powell further grow their games together – the core who will lead this club forward. They lose Robbie Tarrant, but he missed most of last season anyway, while Aidan Corr returns from injury to hold down a defensive post alongside McKay.

PORT ADELAIDE

B: Ryan Burton, Trent McKenzie, Aliir Aliir

HB: Lachie Jones, Tom Jonas, Darcy Byrne-Jones

C: Xavier Duursma, Ollie Wines, Dan Houston

HF: Karl Amon, Todd Marshall, Zak Butters

F: Robbie Gray, Charlie Dixon, Connor Rozee

FOLL: Scott Lycett, Travis Boak, Willem Drew

I/C: Miles Bergman, Mitch Georgiades, Orazio Fantasia, Jeremy Finlayson

In: Jeremy Finlayson

Out: Tom Rockliff, Hamish Hartlett, Joel Garner, Tyson Goldsack, Peter Ladhams

WE SAY: The Power have one of the deepest lists in the competition even after the departures of several senior players. Jeremy Finlayson was their sole addition over the trade period and should come into the side to play up forward and provide ruck support to Scott Lycett as Peter Ladhams did. The Power will likely look to give exciting trio Xavier Duursma, Zak Butters and Connor Rozee more midfield opportunities, which could come at the expense of Travis Boak’s time on the ball. Port Adelaide’s depth means we have Sam Powell-Pepper, Riley Bonner, Steven Motlop and Tom Clurey out of the side in what represents healthy depth for Ken Hinkley’s side.

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RICHMOND

B: Dylan Grimes, Robbie Tarrant, Nick Vlastuin

HB: Jayden Short, Noah Balta, Dan Rioli

C: Jack Graham, Trent Cotchin, Sydney Stack

HF: Shane Edwards, Jack Riewoldt, Kane Lambert

F: Shai Bolton, Tom Lynch, Dustin Martin

FOLL: Toby Nankervis, Dion Prestia, Liam Baker

I/C: Nathan Broad, Marlion Pickett, Riley Collier-Dawkins, Rhyan Mansell

In: Robbie Tarrant

Out: David Astbury, Bachar Houli, Patrick Naish, Mabior Chol, Callum Coleman-Jones

WE SAY: A lot of the premiership core is still there, but we’re going to be seeing a slightly different line-up at Tigerland in 2022. Leading the pack clearly is Robbie Tarrant, with the former North Melbourne star making the move to the Tigers in a bid for flag success. He’s an obvious walk-up start in a defence now lacking David Astbury and Bachar Houli. The move of Dan Rioli to half-back was a successful one and will continue next year, while there was plenty to like from Sydney Stack in the back half of the year. A notable absentee from this line-up is Ivan Soldo, who we won’t be seeing for some time as he recovers from a knee injury. The loss of Callum Coleman-Jones and Mabior Chol isn’t ideal, but it doesn’t drastically affect the Tigers’ starting line-up next year.

Tigers recruit Robbie Tarrant. (AAP Image/Daniel Pockett)Source: AAP

ST KILDA

B: Jimmy Webster, Dougal Howard, Tom Highmore

HB: Nick Coffield, Callum Wilkie, Callum Sinclair

C: Dan Hannebery, Brad Crouch, Brad Hill

HF: Jack Higgins, Tim Membrey, Dan Butler

F: Rowan Marshall, Max King, Cooper Sharman

FOLL: Paddy Ryder, Jack Steele, Zak Jones

I/C: Jade Gresham, Hunter Clark, Jack Billings, Daniel McKenzie

In: Nil

Out: Jake Carlisle, James Frawley, Shaun McKernan, Dylan Roberton, Oscar Clavarino, Sam Alabakis, Luke Dunstan

WE SAY: It won’t be a noticeably different line-up for the Saints in 2022 because they brought in no one at the trade / free agency table. The main changes are to those who were already on the fringes of selection, with Jake Carlisle retiring along with James Frawley and Shaun McKernan, while Dylan Roberton wasn’t able to crack into the side even when fit and healthy. The Saints will be hoping Dan Hannebery can get a good run at it, while Paddy Ryder will hopefully be fit and firing given his importance to the side. Daniel McKenzie has shown some good signs in his time so far and should continue to develop.

SYDNEY SWANS

B: Dane Rampe, Tom McCartin, Jake Lloyd

HB: Nick Blakey, Lewis Melican, Harry Cunningham

C: Oliver Florent, Josh Kennedy, Errol Gulden

HF: Sam Wicks, Logan McDonald, Will Hayward

F: Isaac Heeney, Lance Franklin, Tom Papley

FOLL: Tom Hickey, Luke Parker, Callum Mills

I/C:Pmeter Ladhams, James Rowbottom, Justin McInerney, Braeden Campbell

In: Peter Ladhams

Out: Jordan Dawson, George Hewett, Kaiden Brand, Sam Gray, Matthew Ling, Malachy Carruthers

WE SAY: Another club that defied pre-season expectations to make the finals, but a one-point loss to local rivals GWS in an elimination final will take some time to get over. Indeed, there’s probably no greater motivation needed than that for a team to go a step or two further. The loss of Jordan Dawson was a tough pill to swallow but with the likes of Ollie Florent, Errol Gulden, Justin McInerney, Braeden Campbell, Chad Warner and Dylan Stephens at their disposal, they still have plenty of promising talent coming through in the middle of the ground. Peter Ladhams comes straight in and should partner with Tom Hickey in the ruck while playing as the second tall forward, with Isaac Heeney reportedly in line for more midfield time in 2022. Key forward Hayden McLean and defender Robbie Fox are handy depth players, but Sam Reid remains in limbo without a contract.

Swans recruit Peter Ladhams (Picture: Sarah Reed)Source: News Corp Australia

WEST COAST EAGLES

B: Liam Duggan, Tom Barrass, Josh Rotham

HB: Shannon Hurn, Jeremy McGovern, Brad Sheppard

C: Andrew Gaff, Luke Shuey, Dom Sheed

HF: Liam Ryan, Oscar Allen, Willie Rioli

F: Jack Darling, Josh Kennedy, Jamie Cripps

FOLL: Nic Naitanui, Elliot Yeo, Tim Kelly

I/C: Jack Redden, Sam Petrevski-Seton, Tom Cole, Jack Petruccelle

In: Sam Petrevski-Seton

Out: Nathan Vardy, Daniel Venables, Mark Hutchings, Brendon Ah Chee, Brayden Ainsworth, Ben Johnson, Will Collins, Jarrod Cameron

WE SAY: With a bunch of ageing stars on the list, season 2022 feels like it’s the Eagles’ one last roll of the dice at a premiership with this current crop. If Luke Shuey can get a clear run at it, after soft-tissues injuries ruined his 2021 campaign, that would be a huge bonus. Nic Naitanui continues to play a lone hand in the ruck, but he can’t keep doing that forever, so understudy Bailey Williams needs a big year, especially now that Nathan Vardy has retired. The return of Willie Rioli after two seasons out of the game due to a drugs code breach could provide a huge boost and the premiership forward might just prove to be the joker in the pack if he gets himself right. Jamaine Jones, Jake Waterman, Zac Langdon, Alex Witherden, Harry Edwards, Luke Edwards and Connor West will all be thereabouts as well.

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WESTERN BULLDOGS

B: Taylor Duryea, Alex Keath, Bailey Williams

HB: Caleb Daniel, Zaine Cordy, Bailey Dale

C: Bailey Smith, Tom Liberatore, Adam Treloar

HF: Mitch Hannan, Aaron Naughton, Laitham Vandermeer

F: Cody Weightman, Tim English, Jamarra Ugle-Hagan

FOLL: Stefan Martin, Marcus Bontempelli, Jack Macrae

I/C: Lachie Hunter, Easton Wood, Josh Dunkley, Jason Johannisen

In: Tim O’Brien

Out: Patrick Lipinski, Lewis Young, Sam Lloyd, Lin Jong

WE SAY: Not much changes from their grand final line-up with Josh Schache the only one making way as Jamarra Ugle-Hagan takes his place in the 22 with another pre-season under his belt. Stefan Martin wants to go around again and sounds like he’ll get another contract. They’ll have to make do without Josh Bruce and Toby McLean for most of next year, though, after both players suffered ACL injuries late in the 2021 season. They were up by 19 points halfway through the third quarter of the grand final, so they did a lot right this year and should be confident of being in the premiership mix again in 2022. With the likes of Tim O’Brien, Ryan Gardner, Hayden Crozier, Ed Richards, Rhylee West, Lachie McNeil, Jordon Sweet, Anthony Scott and Mitch Wallis on the list too, depth won’t be an issue for the runners-up; Luke Beveridge used an AFL-high 41 players in 2021.

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By Malvi