The Brisbane Lions are set to unveil their new halves partnership Josh Kennedy and Tom Boyd, with the trio likely to feature in their opener against Collingwood on Saturday.
Key points:The Lions’ Josh Kennedy will start at No.8 after returning from a knee injuryKey pointsJosh Kennedy is expected to take his place at No 8 with Tom Boyd expected to be in the starting 16McLaren, who is set to make his AFL debut at No 10, is set for his first AFL game after returning to training ahead of the Lions’ clash against Collingswood.
The Lions will also take on Hawthorn in the round 19 clash at Domain Stadium.
Kennedy is a popular choice at No 9 after being named in the Lions team for the season opener against Essendon in Round 11.
Boyd is a fringe-listed player who has played just once this season after being dropped by the Cats at the end of Round 15.
Bryce Gibbs was a fringe selection for the Lions last year, but was elevated to the senior side.
McLachlan said Kennedy, who had played in his first senior match in the past week, would “make an excellent first half-back”.
“It’s really important for him, because we’re hoping he can come through the door in the second half,” McLachlan told the club website.
“He’s got a really good ability to make contested tackles, he’s got an ability to be a bit of a ruckman and kick the ball out.”
McLACHLAN: What the Lions need from KennedyThe Lions have already started to establish themselves as a contender in the league, having kicked 13 goals in three games since the opening round of the season.
McKenzie, who was a late addition to the team in the first round, will be hoping Kennedy can replicate his first-half performance against Essens, when he played 19 disposals and kicked four goals.
B Boyd will be a big name to watch after he made his AFL debuts in round three against Geelong.
The 30-year-old has been linked with a number of clubs over the past few weeks, but McLachlin said the Lions needed to make sure they had enough to build a squad capable of competing for a premiership.
“The fact that we’ve got a good selection group, they’ve got plenty of potential in the team and it’s important that we get some good players to step up and play,” McLaclan said.
“Josh Kennedy’s got great talent, he’ll make an excellent debut and he’ll be a huge player for us.”
It will be an important game for him.
“Kennedy will be the third Lions player to make their AFL debut this season, joining Aaron Francis and Jack Steele.
The Lionesses have a busy week ahead, with Collingwoods clash against Port Adelaide on Saturday and Fremantle clash against Carlton on Sunday.
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