Collingwood could select up to three debutants for its season-opening match against North Melbourne on Sunday, bucking the trend of established teams not rushing untried players into immediate action.
Former VFL defenders Jack Frost and Sam Dwyer, the latter upgraded from the rookie list on Thursday afternoon just in time to ensure his eligibility, were named on the Magpies' extended interchange bench, as was 21-year-old Queenslander Josh Thomas.
The Kangaroos' line-up has been bolstered by new arrivals Ben Jacobs from Port Adelaide and Taylor Hine from Gold Coast. Ruckman Majak Daw is also a chance to debut after being named ahead of Daniel Currie for the understudy ruck role, although that will depend on him surviving Friday's interchange cull.
Former steeplechaser Mark Blicavs' dazzling pre-season form in the ruck for Geelong has earned the 22-year-old a debut in Monday's blockbuster against the Hawthorn, possibly as the primary ruckman with Trent West named only on the extended bench after an interrupted pre-season.
The Hawks will, as expected, go into Monday's match without captain Luke Hodge (knee). Full-back recruit Brian Lake will play his first match for the club. Highly rated 19-year-old Jed Anderson has been named on an extended bench, as has former Cats defender Jonathan Simpkin.
The only clubs to rival Collingwood for potential debutants are Melbourne and Port Adelaide, which face each other on Sunday. The Demons' top two draft picks of last year, Jack Viney and Jimmy Toumpas, will definitely debut, while mature-age recruits Dean Terlich and Matt Jones could join them after being named on the extended bench. Speedy forward Jake Neade will debut for Port and could be joined by Ollie Wines, its top pick last year, and recently upgraded rookie Kane Mitchell. Melbourne decided not to risk co-captain Jack Trengove (foot) and key-forward recruit Chris Dawes (hamstring).
Western Bulldogs defender Dale Morris is set to play his first premiership match in over a year after being named to face Brisbane Lions on Saturday. He will be joined by 29-year-old VFL recruit Brett Goodes, who will debut, and three midfielders snared from rival clubs: Tom Young, Nick Lower and Koby Stevens.
Brisbane, facing higher expectations because of its NAB Cup triumph, has not selected any debutants but has included former Demons Brent Moloney and Stefan Martin.
St Kilda chose a settled line-up for its match away to Gold Coast on Sunday. Its only new players are defender Dylan Roberton and ruckman Tom Hickey. The Suns chose new arrivals Tom Murphy and Greg Broughton and also promising midfielder Jaeger O'Meara, who has only just become eligible to play after joining the club in late 2011.
Last year's No. 1 draft pick, Lachie Whitfield, will debut on Saturday night for Greater Western Sydney against the Swans. The Victorian will be joined by Lachie Plowman, an 18-year-old from Macedon.
Sydney selected untried Dane Rampe on its interchange bench.