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Scharenberg makes late debut

The Club: Scharenberg debuts See Collingwood draftee Matthew Scharenberg take the field for the first time in the VFL
Top draft choice Matthew Scharenberg made his long-awaited AFL debut on Saturday.

The highly anticipated debut of Collingwood youngster Matthew Scharenberg will finally took place on Saturday at the MCG, after the late withdrawal of Tyson Goldsack.

The 2013 No.6 National Draft pick will play his first AFL game against Melbourne after Goldsack experienced quad tightness during the warm-up.

Scharenberg, a key position player who has been spending time at half-back in the VFL this season after overcoming a knee reconstruction, failed to debut in his first year at the Magpies after foot injuries.

Then he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the final game of last year, and returned in the VFL in round five.

Scharenberg's debut had similarities to the way 2014’s No.1 draft pick, Paddy McCartin, slid into St Kilda's team for his introduction to AFL in round three this season.

McCartin played his first game – incidentally against the Magpies – after Nick Riewoldt tweaked a calf in the warm up and withdrew an hour before the bounce.

Scharenberg collected 16 disposals, using the ball at 75 per cent efficiency, and laid two tackles during his side's 37-point loss to the Demons.