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One player from each club that deserves more game time

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Roar Guru
15th July, 2020
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Imagine an 18-man team of players with one player from every AFL team who have played three games or less generally due to not being selected in the team and predominantly not because of injury.

Stop imagining, as it could come to fruition now, albeit hypothetically.

There is a sole captain for the purpose of this exercise, Alex Witherden.

Players per club
Adelaide Crows: Bryce Gibbs
Brisbane Lions: Alex Witherden (captain)
Carlton Blues: Zac Fisher
Collingwood Magpies: Josh Thomas
Essendon Bombers: Matt Guelfi
Fremantle Dockers: Brandon Matera
Geelong Cats: Lachie Henderson
Gold Coast Suns: Jack Hombsch
Greater Western Sydney Giants: Matthew Buntine
Hawthorn Hawks: James Cousins
Melbourne Demons: Oscar McDonald
North Melbourne Kangaroos: Mason Wood
Port Adelaide Power: Jack Watts
Richmond Tigers: Kamdyn McIntosh
St Kilda Saints: Jimmy Webster
Sydney Swans: Ryan Clarke
West Coast Eagles: Nathan Vardy
Western Bulldogs: Tory Dickson

Jack Watts

(Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

Team line-up
FB: Alex Witherden (captain, Brisbane Lions), Oscar McDonald (Melbourne Demons), Matthew Buntine (Greater Western Sydney Giants)
HB: Jimmy Webster (St Kilda Saints), Jack Hombsch (Gold Coast Suns), Kamdyn McIntosh (Richmond Tigers)
C: Matt Guelfi (Essendon Bombers), Ryan Clarke (Sydney Swans), Jack Watts (Port Adelaide Power)
HF: Bryce Gibbs (Adelaide Crows), Lachie Henderson (Geelong Cats), Josh Thomas (Collingwood Magpies)
FF: Brandon Matera (Fremantle Dockers), Mason Wood (North Melbourne), Tory Dickson (Western Bulldogs)
FOLL: Nathan Vardy (West Coast Eagles), James Cousins (Hawthorn Hawks), Zac Fisher (Carlton Blues)

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Backs
Alex Witherden has the capability to provide plenty of run out of the Brisbane Lions’ defence.

Oscar McDonald should be in the Melbourne Demons’ best 22 when fit and available.

Matthew Buntine is a player with plenty of ability. Buntine deserve to be a part of the Giants’ best 22. He is a utility that can play multiple roles.

Halfbacks
Jimmy Webster is a mid-sized defender that has plenty of ability.

Jack Hombsch has the capability of being renowned as one of the best key defenders in the AFL.

Kamdyn McIntosh is a player that has the capability of playing a defensive role on a mid-sized forward.

Centres
Matt Guelfi is a player with a lot of potential to play a role on the wing.

Ryan Clarke would play in the midfield as he would relish the opportunity if given one.

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Jack Watts has the capability to play on the wing. Watts is a talented utility.

Half forwards
Bryce Gibbs would be able to play a role as a defensive half forward flanker.

Bryce Gibbs

(Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Lachie Henderson would benefit from getting an opportunity to prove that he should be a permanent forward as he has kicked over 100 goals. Henderson even has the capability to play as a second ruckman.

Josh Thomas deserves the chance to be in the Collingwood Magpies team every week he is fit and available for selection. Thomas is a prodigious talent.

Forwards
Brandon Matera would benefit from playing in the forward pocket on a permanent basis. Matera has kicked a goal in each of the three games that he has played.

Mason Wood is a forward that benefit from playing as a key forward as he just needs to be given the opportunity to string some games together.

Tory Dickson has been a prolific forward for the Western Bulldogs for a while, averaging 1.6 goals per game since season 2012.

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Followers
Nathan Vardy is a player that played in the West Coast Eagles’ team when they won the AFL premiership in season 2018. Vardy kicked a pivotal goal in the fourth quarter to bring the deficit back to six points.

James Cousins is a player that would relish the opportunity of playing in a Hawthorn team that’s been struggling of late.

Zac Fisher is a player with plenty of ability. Fisher would relish the opportunity of playing in the midfield.

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