Geelong has made six changes for their Round 8 clash against Fremantle at Optus Stadium on Monday.

First-year Cat Brad Close will make his AFL debut.

The 22-year-old won a premiership with Glenelg in the SANFL last year and was taken with pick 14 in the rookie draft.

Star duo Tom Stewart and Mitch Duncan are back this week after missing recent weeks with collarbone and hamstring injuries respectively. 

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Stewart's remarkable recovery

Tom Stewart fractured his collarbone in round four, and one month later he is ready to play. Presented by GMHBA.

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Charlie Constable, Lachie Fogarty and Lachie Henderson have also been named and will play their first AFL games this season.

Joel Selwood, Luke Dahlhaus, Jordan Clark and Darcy Fort make way from the side through injury, alongside Gary Ablett (personal reasons) and Jack Steven (managed).

Monday’s Round 8 clash at Optus Stadium will commence 8.10pm AEST (6.10pm AWST).


Round 8 Team

Backs Mark O'Connor Mark Blicavs Jake Kolodjashnij
Half Backs Jack Henry Harry Taylor Tom Stewart
Centreline Sam Menegola Patrick Dangerfield Charlie Constable
Half Forwards Mitch Duncan Tom Hawkins Gryan Miers
Forwards Sam Simpson Gary Rohan Brad Close
Followers Esava Ratugolea Cameron Guthrie Brandan Parfitt
Interchange Jed Bews Lachie Henderson Lachie Fogarty
  Zach Tuohy    
Emergencies James Parsons Nathan Kreuger  
  Ben Jarvis Jack Steven  

IN: Mitch Duncan, Tom Stewart, Charlie Constable, Lachie Fogarty, Brad Close, Lachie Henderson

OUT: Gary Ablett (personal reasons), Joel Selwood (injured), Jordan Clark (injured), Luke Dahlhaus (injured), Darcy Fort (injured), Jack Steven (managed)