New crop: Ben McEvoy, Paul Chapman, Patrick Cripps and Jack Billings.

New crop: Ben McEvoy, Paul Chapman, Patrick Cripps and Jack Billings.

ADELAIDE

(v Geelong, Simonds Stadium, Thursday March 20, 7.10pm)

Eddie Betts will wear his new colours for the first official time and James Podsiadly's hip injury shouldn't prevent him from playing against his old team, but the Crows' side is likely to feature more ''newish'' faces than entirely fresh ones. Matt Crouch is everything you could want in a new draftee and the teenager's hard, tough pre-season form may tempt coach Brenton Sanderson to give him an early debut, although though he's just had a week off sick. 

BRISBANE LIONS

(v Hawthorn, Aurora Stadium, Saturday March 22, 4.40pm)

James Aish arrived in Brisbane after last year's national draft with two years of senior football for Norwood behind him. He looks ready to go, and the rest of Brisbane's draftees shouldn't be far behind him, with new coach Justin Leppitsch planning to give them all a run this year. Luke McGuane and Trent West should slot straight in, while a chance may open for untried second-year forward Michael Close should Jonathan Brown not get up.

CARLTON

(v Port Adelaide, Etihad Stadium, Sunday March 16, 7.40pm)

The Blues used their first choice in last year's draft on a player who knows how to find the ball when things are hectic, and Patrick Cripps is very much in his coaches' minds for a round-one debut. Slot Dale Thomas in for his first official match since early last season, along with Andrejs Everitt. At his third club now, the former Bulldog and Swan has looked good playing a roaming role in Carlton's pre-season games.

COLLINGWOOD

(v Fremantle, Etihad Stadium, Friday March 14, 7.50pm)

Collingwood shed some experience in last year's off-season, but brought in plenty of ready-to-go replacements. Jesse White hurt a calf during Monday's training session and was feeling much better on Tuesday but will need to train again before being included for his first game in black and white. Taylor Adams averaged 24 possessions in his two pre-season games and Tony Armstrong is a chance to play. Of the fresh draftees, Tom Langdon is best placed to make a round-one debut.

ESSENDON

(v North Melbourne, Etihad Stadium, Friday March 21, 7.50pm)

A guy called Paul Chapman might slot nicely into the Bombers' reworked forward line, while the absence of Courtenay Dempsey and possibly Michael Hibberd will give Marty Gleeson, Jason Ashby or both the chance to slide onto a half-back flank. Gleeson's composure and clean skills might have him just ahead, and then there's draftee Zach Merrett. He's smart, switched on and has good skills. He shouldn't have to wait long, if he doesn't play straight up.

FREMANTLE

(v Collingwood, Etihad Stadium, Friday March 14, 7.50pm)

Scott Gumbleton is out for a few months, and it seems Colin Sylvia will start the season in the WAFL. One player to keep an eye out for in coming weeks though, is Anthony Morabito. He is far from a new player, but is on his way back from three knee reconstructions and looked good playing his first WAFL game since July 2012 last weekend. Fingers crossed he can make a difference at senior level this year.

GEELONG

(v Adelaide, Simonds Stadium, Thursday March 20, 7.10pm)

With Joel Corey, Paul Chapman, Josh Hunt, James Podsiadly and Trent West all gone, there will certainly be a new look about this season's Geelong side. There just might not be any fresh faces this week unless you count Hamish McIntosh, working his way back from a knee injury that ruined his 2013 season. That said, the Cats have plenty of under-23s – Billie Smedts, Josh Caddy, Jordan Murdoch, Cam Guthrie, Allen Christensen, Jackson Thurlow, Steven Motlop, George Horlin-Smith and the list goes on – ready for more responsibility.

GOLD COAST

(v Richmond, Metricon Stadium, Saturday March 15, 6.40pm)

Jack Martin signed a five-year contract not long after he joined the club at the end of 2012 as a 17-year-old picked up in the mini-draft and has had a year in the Queensland state league to get himself ready. Coach Guy McKenna wants to get him to 50 games as soon as possible. Clay Cameron could debut in a back line still missing Rory Thompson, while draftee Sean Lemmens has quickly won his coaches and teammates over.

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

(v Sydney, Giants Stadium, Saturday March 15, 4.40pm)

This Giants should look an older, steadier side this year. Heath Shaw, Shane Mumford, Josh Hunt, Jed Lamb and Dylan Addison all know what it takes, and should make the Giants harder to push around. Josh Kelly shapes as the draftee most likely to play straight away while Tom Boyd, called in for his first senior game last weekend, shouldn't have to wait long.

HAWTHORN

(v Brisbane Lions, Aurora Stadium, Saturday March 22, 4.40pm)

Ben McEvoy is a very handy recruit, and should make an impact straight away. The Hawks might not squeeze any of their 2013 draftees into their round-one side, but they have plenty of players pushing for more opportunity this year: Jed Anderson, Sam Grimley, Taylor Duryea and Will Langford to start with. Angus Litherland and Luke Lowden have been at the club for a while now, but were both mentioned by coach Alastair Clarkson recently as being ready to step into the senior side when required. 

MELBOURNE

(v St Kilda, Etihad Stadium, Saturday March 22, 7.40pm)

Hanging out to watch Jesse Hogan play his first, official senior game? You may have to wait a little longer, with the teenage forward held up in the last week by a back problem. Bernie Vince, Dom Tyson, Viv Michie and Daniel Cross will give the Demons' midfield a different look, while draftees Christian Salem, Jay Kennedy-Harris and Alex Georgiou, a mature-age recruit at 24, are all in the mix.

NORTH MELBOURNE

(v Essendon, Etihad Stadium, Friday March 21, 7.50pm)

North recruited Nick Dal Santo to add some polish to its midfield group, and after a stress-free pre-season at his new club he'll be out there from day one. Luke McDonald is a new draftee, albeit one who spent last season playing in the VFL for Werribee knowing the Roos would take him as a father-son recruit. He has gotten through his second pre-season well, and done enough to deserve a round-one debut.

PORT ADELAIDE

(v Carlton, Etihad Stadium, Sunday March 16, 7.40pm)

Jarman Impey is quick, aggressive and a competitor. The small defender is very much in the conversation for round one. Tom Clurey was unlucky not to sneak a senior debut last season and, after an impressive second pre-season he looks even closer now. Jared Polec, recruited from Brisbane, has improved with each match as well. He has nous, he can kick and, after a bumpy start, his fitness seems to have improved. 

RICHMOND

(v Gold Coast, Metricon Stadium, Saturday March 15, 6.40pm)

Matt Thomas ended an impressive pre-season by gathering 26 possessions and laying 10 tackles against Essendon, earning himself a spot on the senior list and a probable round-one game. The 27-year-old former Port Adelaide player, who won last year's Magarey Medal, and former Carlton ruckman Shaun Hampson are likely to be two new Tigers against the Suns, with first-round draftee Ben Lennon on his way back from minor knee surgery. But Matt McDonough, who made a one-match debut last year, has played some excellent footy on the half-back line and will be hard to leave out.

ST KILDA

(v Melbourne, Etihad Stadium, Saturday March 22, 7.40pm)

Draftee Luke Dunstan's spot in the round-one side has already been confirmed by the Saints' new coach, Alan Richardson. Jack Billings will be hard to leave out, and Luke Delaney might be ahead of Josh Bruce to play in defence. With Ben McEvoy and Nick Dal Santo gone, and Lenny Hayes and Leigh Montagna to miss the start of the season suspended, the Saints will have a new look either way. Last year, nine players made their debut, more than anyone else, and the progression of Tom Curran, Nathan Wright, Josh Saunders and others will be interesting to watch.

SYDNEY

(v GWS, Giants Stadium, Saturday March 15, 4.40pm)

Heard of Lance Franklin? The Swans might decide to give him a round-one game. Jeremy Laidler is a chance to play his first game at his third club, and Kurt Tippett is on his way back from injury, which gives Tom Derickx a chance of being called up to support Mike Pyke in the ruck. Dean Towers, Toby Nankervis and Aliir Aliir have all shown promise through the pre-season but will probably have to wait a little longer.

WEST COAST

(v Western Bulldogs, Patersons Stadium, Sunday March 23, 4.40pm)

The Eagles have the second-youngest squad in the AFL but rank seventh for average games. They're also in good shape, which could make it tough for draftee Dom Sheed to force his way into the round-one side. He's close, though, and shouldn't be too far away if he does miss out. Elliot Yeo has settled in well after moving home from Brisbane, and Xavier Ellis' solid pre-season form has put him in new coach Adam Simpson's thoughts.

WESTERN BULLDOGS

(v West Coast, Patersons Stadium, Sunday March 23, 4.40pm)

The Bulldogs had four kids make their debut last year (Jake Stringer, Jack Macrae, Lachie Hunter and Nathan Hrovat) and all four should play an important part this year. Marcus Bontempelli isn't quite ready to go, having played his first VFL game last week, and while on-baller Mitch Honeychurch has shown some promising signs he may have to wait a little while. That makes Essendon recruit Stewart Crameri likely to be the only new dog in round one.