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Trio of potential debutants named for West Coast against Melbourne in Alice Springs

West Coast have named a trio of potential debutants for their clash against Melbourne in Alice Springs on Sunday.

Athletic first-year tall Bailey Williams, defender Francis Watson and big-bodied midfielder Matthew Allen are all on the Eagles’ extended bench, which will be trimmed on Friday afternoon.

Williams and in-form forward Jake Waterman, who had a career-best performance for West Coast’s WAFL side on Sunday, loom as the front-runners to replace superstar ruckman Nic Naitanui.

If young utility Oscar Allen pinch-hits in the ruck with Tom Hickey, it’s likely Waterman will get a recall after his six-goal heroics in last weekend’s big man over West Perth at Mineral Resources Park.

There is no return date in sight for Naitanui from a foot complaint, in just his second game back from a serious knee injury.

Speedster Jack Petruccelle looks set to replace injured goalsneak Jamie Cripps, who has been ruled out for 3-4 weeks with an abductor injury sustained in Friday night’s shock loss to Collingwood at Optus Stadium.

Petruccelle booted five goals, including three in the second quarter, in his return from a hamstring injury in the WAFL to show he was ready for an AFL recall.

Premiership defender Will Schofield was also among the six inclusions for the 26-man squad.

Corey Wagner, Oskar Baker, Josh Wagner and Tim Smith were the four ins for the Demons, with no confirmed outs at this stage.

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