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Selection: Pendles leads three inclusions

Tarrant: Four VFL goals Chris Tarrant kicks four goals in the VFL loss to Williamstown
Collingwood has brought in the heavy artillery for Saturday night’s clash with Geelong, welcoming Scott Pendlebury, Chris Tarrant and Nathan Brown back into the side.

The trio provides an immediate injection of experience and each has a proven track record on the big stage.

They step into the gaps created by Sharrod Wellingham’s suspension, Marley Williams’ shoulder injury and the omission of Jackson Paine.

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Magpie fans will be excited to see Pendlebury return to the team for the first time since he sustained a cracked tibia in the 97-point win over Gold Coast in round 10. In his absence, Collingwood has won three of its four games, but the prospect of adding the vice-captain to a midfield containing an in form Dane Swan, Dayne Beams and Steele Sidebottom is one that is sure to excite the coaching staff.

The other inclusions bolster the Magpies’ key position stocks nicely. Tarrant, 31, has only played two games this season due to a calf injury and general soreness, but made a statement with his four goals for the club’s VFL team against Williamstown on Sunday.

The third inclusion, Brown, was a late withdrawal from the side that lost to Carlton by 23-points last Friday night and instead played in the VFL loss to Williamstown where he gathered 19 disposals at full back.

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Brown’s inclusion might prove a good omen for Collingwood, as his last outing against Geelong was in the famous Preliminary Final in 2010.

Collingwood’s three emergencies are Paul Seedsman, Kirk Ugle and Tom Young - three of the team’s most consistent performers at VFL level.

Seedsman has averaged 21 disposals in his past three VFL games and has played five games since debuting in round one.

The 20-year-old Ugle has been named as an emergency twice since playing the last of his three senior games against the Suns in round 10, while Young enjoyed a three match stint in the senior side between rounds 10 and 13 and in the past two VFL games has shown his class with a combined total of 55 possessions.

The Magpies celebrate three milestones on Saturday night, with Jarryd Blair playing his 50th game, Alan Toovey his 100th and Harry O’Brien his 150th. The trio are products of the club’s rookie list and all were members of Collingwood’s 15th premiership in 2010.

Geelong v Collingwood
Saturday 14 July
MCG, 7:40pm


Collingwood
B: Harry O’Brien, Nathan Brown, Chris Tarrant
HB: Nick Maxwell, Ben Reid, Alan Toovey
C: Simon Buckley, Dale Thomas, Jarryd Blair
HF: Scott Pendlebury, Chris Dawes, Heath Shaw
F: Dayne Beams, Travis Cloke, Tyson Goldsack
Foll: Darren Jolly, Dane Swan, Steele Sidebottom
Int: Alex Fasolo, Marty Clarke, Ben Sinclair, Jamie Elliott
Emg: Tom Young, Paul Seedsman, Kirk Ugle

IN: Nathan Brown, Scott Pendlebury, Chris Tarrant
OUT: Sharrod Wellingham (suspended), Marley Williams (shoulder), Jackson Paine (omitted)

Geelong
B:
Joel Corey, Tom Lonergan, Matthew Scarlett
HB: Harry Taylor, Josh Hunt, Corey Enright
C: Andrew Mackie, James Kelly, Taylor Hunt
HF: Billie Smedts, Tom Hawkins, Steven Motlop
F: Paul Chapman, Josh Walker, Allan Christensen
Foll: Trent West, Joel Selwood, Steve Johnson
Int: Mathew Stokes, Jackson Sheringham, Mitch Duncan, Cameron Guthrie
Emg: Dawson Simpson, Jordan Schroder, Jordan Murdoch

IN: Mitch Duncan, Steve Johnson, Jackson Sheringham, Harry Taylor, Josh Walker
OUT: Jimmy Bartel (suspension), David Wojcinski (hamstring), Mitch Brown, Jordon Murdoch, Dawson Simpson (omitted)

NEW: Jackson Sheringham (Geelong VFL), Josh Walker (Geelong U18)