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Selection: Trio of Pies called up to head west

John Noble will play his first game of AFL against West Coast on Friday night - Collingwood Magpies
John Noble will play his first game of AFL against West Coast on Friday night

Collingwood has called up Ben Crocker, Levi Greenwood and John Noble for the clash against West Coast at Optus Stadium on Friday night. 

The Magpies will blood their second debutant of the season with mid-season draftee John Noble ready to realise his AFL aspirations against the Eagles. Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley believes the injection of Noble’s speed and decision-making will play a vital role. 

“We see an opportunity where John’s strengths are actually what we’re asking for at the moment,” Buckley said.

“He's got a lot of dash, he takes the game on, he uses the ball really well, he's courageous with his decisions, he's very forthright in the way that he goes about the game, but he's actually been defending very well, he's always in the right spot and competing and contesting really well.”

The 22-year-old has been a revelation since walking into the club, averaging 24 disposals for Collingwood’s VFL side in three appearances.

Ben Crocker comes into the line-up for his first senior game of the year. The crafty forward has kicked 10 goals at VFL level while being named emergency for the AFL side a number of times this season.

Defender Levi Greenwood returns from a shoulder injury that sidelined him against Hawthorn in round 16.

Collingwood have named Tyler Brown, Josh Thomas, Matthew Scharenberg and Josh Daicos as the emergencies.

The first bounce is set for 6.10pm (AWST), with the Optus Stadium expected to attract approximately 55,000 fans.

Taylor Adams (groin) and Jaidyn Stephenson (suspension) were unavailable for selection.

WEST COAST v COLLINGWOOD
AFL Round 17
Friday, July 12
Optus Stadium, 6.10pm AWST
In: Ben Crocker, Levi Greenwood, John Noble
Out: Josh Daicos (omitted), Matthew Scharenberg (omitted), Josh Thomas (omitted)
New: John Noble (West Adelaide)