Carlton have axed ex-Geelong forward Billie Smedts after just two games and will unveil yet another AFL debutant when they take on Essendon on Sunday.
The moves were confirmed when extended squads for Sunday’s AFL matches were trimmed on Friday afternoon.
Smedts, a first-round draft pick in 2010, joined the Blues as part of the trade that saw Zach Tuohy go to Geelong during last year’s trade period.
But Smedts didn’t manage a goal in his first two outings with Brendon Bolton’s side and was dropped along with Dennis Armfield.
Midfielder Tom Williamson will be the club’s fourth debutant this season.
The 18-year-old, taken 61st overall at last year’s draft, will join Sam Petrevski-Seton, Harrison Macreadie and Jarrod Pickett in making his AFL debut for the winless Blues this season.
Former Adelaide player Sam Kerridge is the other inclusion.
Unbeaten Essendon regained important ruckman Matthew Leuenberger, Heath Hocking and Mitch Brown for the clash of traditional rivals.
St Kilda welcome back former skipper Nick Riewoldt after missing just one game with what was initially feared to be a serious knee injury.
Midfielder Jack Steven won’t play against Brisbane at Etihad Stadium after he punctured a lung in last week’s loss to West Coast.
The Lions will unveil No.3 draft pick Hugh McLuggage and 19th overall selection Jarrod Berry, with Josh Schache also returning.
Ryan Bastinac, Michael Close and Ryan Harwood have all been dropped.
Hawthorn take on Gold Coast in the last match of the round and brought in Brendan Whitecross and Kaiden Brand as they search for their first win of the season.
Grant Birchall (broken jaw) and Kade Stewart (omitted) depart the side beaten by Adelaide.
The winless Suns included Jarrod Harbrow, Brandon Matera and Brayden Fiorini.