There are a number of players worth watching for this year’s season.
The list includes West Coast’s Joel Selwood, who is poised to be a key factor in the Dockers’ finals push, as well as Collingwood’s Sam Mitchell and Geelong’s James Sicily.
Selwood will make his debut in round five, after playing a significant role in the Cats’ premiership defence, while Mitchell and Sicily will get the nod in the top eight.
It is the latter who will have to deal with the fallout from a fractured shoulder that required surgery.
The Collingwoods will also be looking to build on their remarkable season, as they will be without the services of Josh Kennedy, Sam Jacobs and Matt Priddis.
The Dockers will also have to look at the return of Tom Lynch, who was forced to withdraw from the Docklanders’ game after injuring his hamstring in round six.
A week earlier, the Hawks will be forced to replace the services the likes of Daniel Wells, Tom Hawkins and Nick Malceski, with Shaun Higgins, Nick Kelly, Josh Kelly and Rory Sloane also returning.
A strong finish to the season from the Swans will see them push for their first premiership since 2003, while the Dogs will be looking for their best performance of the season, while Carlton and Geeler are set to be tested in the finals.
The Cats’ win against Port Adelaide on Saturday night would see them win the competition’s best and fairest award.
Carlton’s Tom Scully will be hoping to build off his team’s win over St Kilda in round one, while his club-mate Patrick Dangerfield could make his AFL debut for the Crows.
The Dogs have also had a strong start to the year, having been crowned the best team in the competition, while Essendon’s Sam Lloyd has started the season as one of the best midfielders in the game.
Adelaide’s Darcy Parish has been in fantastic form, with his first three matches, with five goals and two assists.
The Power’s Aaron Sandilands has been a key part of their winning streak, while Josh Gibson has been the hero of their late season run.
The Suns’ Aaron Woods will be eager to return to the finals after a successful debut season in 2017, while West Coast midfielder Josh Kennedy will be making his AFL comeback after missing most of 2017 due to injury.
Western Bulldogs’ Jake Carlisle has been at the heart of the Bulldogs’ success this season, and is expected to make his first start of the year.AAP/ABC