The son of premiership player Craig, Kelly gets his opportunity after producing strong from in the reserves practice matches.
The key forward booted three goals in last week’s scratch match and provided a strong marking target up forward.
He is likely to come into the side for the struggling Mason Cox, who has failed to fire since his recall in Round 4.
𝘾𝙊𝙉𝙁𝙄𝙍𝙈𝙀𝘿: Will Kelly is making his debut on Friday night. pic.twitter.com/ANtOmHcJKw
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Star forward Jordan De Goey will also miss Friday night’s contest after being charged with indecent assault relating to an alleged 2015 incident.
De Goey had to provide two negative COVID-19 tests before returning to Collingwood’s football program and instead flew straight to the club’s Perth hub.
Midfielder Brayden Sier could also come in to face the Hawks after a best-on-ground display in last week’s practice match.
Collingwood and Hawthorn face off at Giants Stadium on Friday night at 7.50pm (AEST).