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The young or fringe players who are set to break in at your club in 2024


Which young or fringe players are set to break into your club’s senior side in 2024?

We asked a large portion of the AFL captains to see who they believe will either break in or become established members of their respective teams this year.

See who they nominated below:

BRISBANE: “I reckon Harry Sharp will break into the side,” said Harris Andrews.

“Guys like he and James Tunstill have had great pre-seasons.”

CARLTON: “I think Elijah Hollands will have a big year, and Jack Carroll is the other one,” said Patrick Cripps

COLLINGWOOD:Ash Johnson,” said Darcy Moore.

ESSENDON: “He’s not really a fringe player, but Sam Durham,” said Zach Merrett.

“He had some good games last year here and there, but I think he’s ready to be a really consistent player.”

FREMANTLE:Matty Johnson,” said Alex Pearce.

GOLD COAST: “Probably not breaking into the side, but he’s going to have a big year - Bailey Humphrey,” said Touk Miller.

“He’s going to be special this year.”

GWS GIANTS:Harvey Thomas,” said Josh Kelly.

HAWTHORN: “Another plug for Henry Hustwaite. He’s the flavour of the month right now, but he’s done an awesome job so far,” said James Sicily.

MELBOURNE: “I think Caleb Windsor is going to be very close to a game early on in the season,” said Max Gawn.

Bailey Laurie, Taj Woewodin, Blake Howes - these sort of guys who have been around the teams for two or three years.”

PORT ADELAIDE:Lachie Charleston,” said Connor Rozee.

RICHMOND:Thomson Dow. He had a bit of a taste of it last year and he’s had a great summer,” said Toby Nankervis.

ST KILDA: “I think Darcy Wilson. A first-year player who is probably going to play a lot of footy this year,” said Jack Steele.

SYDNEY:Matt Roberts,” said Callum Mills.

WEST COAST: “The last couple of years all the young fellas have been able to get a game, which has been nice for their development,” said Oscar Allen.

“But I think Ryan Maric, our mid-season draft pick last year. He was a bit in and out of the side towards the end of last year. He’s had a great off-season and pre-season and I think he’ll be a really consistent member of our 22 this year.”

Note: Adelaide’s Jordan Dawson, Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield, North Melbourne’s Jy Simpkin and Western Bulldogs’ Marcus Bontempelli were unable to answer.


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