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Round 7 team: A fourth debutant is named

Nerves then joy for Crocker The Collingwood Media team meets Ben Crocker, the club's fourth selection in the 2015 National Draft.
Ben Crocker will debut for the Magpies on Saturday afternoon after four impressive games in the VFL. Photo: Shane Barrie

Collingwood will blood its fourth new face of the 2016 season when Ben Crocker makes his AFL debut against Carlton at the MCG on Saturday.

Crocker’s debut comes six months after being Collingwood’s final selection in the 2015 National Draft.

Since, the 181cm forward has built a strong body of work in the VFL. He’s kicked seven goals in four games, while averaging 11 disposals and five marks per outing.

And now comes the biggest stage of all – a debut against the old enemy at the MCG.

Joining Crocker as inclusions into the side to take on the Blues are two men slightly more experienced at AFL level.

WATCH: Surrounded by family and friends, watch the moment Ben Crocker learns he's been drafted by Collingwood.

James Aish returns to the senior team to replace the injured Ben Sinclair, while Jesse White is expected to take fill a void in the backline left by the omission of Nathan Brown.

The transformation of White from forward to defender has been deemed as a success in the VFL in recent weeks.

The 108-gamer has been the VFL Magpies’ best player two weeks running and played a match-winning role in a nine-point victory over the Northern Blues last Saturday.

As confirmed early in the week, defender Tom Langdon will be sidelined with an ankle injury, while Taylor Adams and Travis Varcoe failed to overcome fitness tests on Thursday morning.

"Tay (Adams) won't come up,” coach Nathan Buckley said earlier in the day.

“He was trying really hard and pushing to come back. He'll be at least another week."

The Saturday afternoon match will mark the 14th time the Magpies and Blues have played for the Peter Mac Cup.

Buckley’s team has a strong recent record over rivals Carlton in recent years, with six consecutive victories against the men in the navy Blues.

Collingwood v Carlton
Saturday 7 May
MCG
1.45pm


COLLINGWOOD SQUAD
B: Alan Toovey, Jack Frost, Brayden Maynard
HB: Adam Oxley, Ben Reid, Josh Smith
C: Tim Broomhead, Adam Treloar, Steele Sidebottom
HF: Jordan De Goey, Darcy Moore, Levi Greenwood
F: Alex Fasolo, Mason Cox, Jeremy Howe
Foll: Brodie Grundy, Scott Pendlebury, Jack Crisp
Int: Jesse White, Jarryd Blair, James Aish, Ben Crocker
Emg: Brent Macaffer, Tom Phillips, Travis Cloke

CARLTON SQUAD
B: Zach Tuohy, Sam Rowe, Sam Docherty
HB: Andrew Walker, Lachie Plowman, Dale Thomas
C: Kade Simpson, Patrick Cripps, Jed Lamb
HF: Liam Sumner, Levi Casboult, Matthew Wright
F: Sam Kerridge, Simon White, Liam Jones
Foll: Matthew Kreuzer, Bryce Gibbs, Marc Murphy
Int: Ciaran Byrne, Dennis Armfield, Ed Curnow, Andrejs Everitt
Emg: Dylan Buckley, Nick Graham, Michael Jamison