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Selection: Pies make four changes for the Giants

Taylor Adams returns to the Collingwood line-up after injuring his groin in round seven  - Collingwood Magpies,GWS Giants
Taylor Adams returns to the Collingwood line-up after injuring his groin in round seven

Collingwood has called up Taylor Adams, Flynn Appleby, Jeremy Howe and Travis Varcoe for the clash against Greater Western Sydney at Giants Stadium on Saturday. 

Adams makes his highly-anticipated return to senior football. The star midfielder has been on the verge of selection for a number of weeks after recovering from a groin injury sustained in round seven against Port Adelaide.

Magpies coach Nathan Buckley couldn’t fault the 25-year-old’s approach to his return. 

“As far as professionalism is concerned, Tay’s right up there and he has a real hunger to see where he can take his career. His improvement over the last three or four years has been profound, in particular the last couple,” Buckley said.

“He’s still keen to maximise his football career and does everything right on and off the field to give himself the chance to be the best he can.”

Appleby comes into the AFL team for the first time this season. The 20-year-old defender has been a reliable cog in Collingwood’s VFL team during its recent run of good form.

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Howe and Varcoe return to the side after missing two weeks through calf and finger injuries respectively.

The Magpies will be without Levi Greenwood and Darcy Moore, who both suffered a hamstring injuries last weekend, while John Noble has calf soreness. Jamie Elliott comes out of the team due to general soreness.

Tyler Brown, Josh Daicos, Jack Madgen and Matthew Scharenberg are the emergencies.

The first bounce is set for 4.35pm, with Giants Stadium expected to attract 15,000 fans.

Jaidyn Stephenson (suspension) and Daniel Wells (knee) were unavailable for selection.

GWS GIANTS v COLLINGWOOD
AFL Round 18
Saturday, July 20
Giants Stadium, 4.35pm AEST
In: Taylor Adams, Flynn Appleby, Jeremy Howe, Travis Varcoe
Out: Jamie Elliott (general soreness), Levi Greenwood (shoulder), Darcy Moore (hamstring), John Noble (calf)