Demons Judd McVee and Bailey Laurie will make their AFL debuts for Melbourne in Round 1 this weekend, while Essendon father-son draftee Alwyn Davey Jr. will make his maiden senior appearance for the Bombers.
McVee, a 19-year-old utility from East Fremantle, appears a like-for-like replacement for the injured Christian Salem across half-back as Melbourne prepares to go into battle against the Western Bulldogs.
Laurie, meanwhile, plies his trade as a midfielder-forward, with the 20-year-old likely to support the Dees' forward brigade after coach Simon Goodwin this morning announced that noted goal-kicker Bayley Fritsch would miss this weekend's clash with the Bulldogs due to injury.
The debut news kept on coming in today’s team meeting. 👀
Sound on low for this one, Dees fans. 😅
— Melbourne Demons (@melbournefc) March 15, 2023
Davey delight for Round one. pic.twitter.com/Xi0mWc640f
— Essendon FC (@essendonfc) March 15, 2023
The remainder of Melbourne and Essendon's Round 1 squads are set to be announced on Thursday evening.
The Dees will play the Bulldogs on Saturday, March 18 (7:25 PM AEDT), while the Bombers' clash with the Hawks will take place on Sunday, March 19 (3:20 PM AEDT).