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At Selection – Round 3

GEELONG will unveil its first pick in last year’s National Draft on Easter Monday with Max Holmes to make his debut against Hawthorn.

The 18-year-old’s is among two inclusions for the Cats, with classy midfielder Mitch Duncan to make his return after a pre-season plagued by calf issues.

They replace suspended forward Gary Rohan and midfielder Charlie Constable, who has been dropped.

Constable may still play as the medical substitute, named as an emergency along with Zach Guthrie, Bradley Close and Josh Jenkins.

After coach Chris Scott hinted on Friday Holmes was close to a debut, Geelong confirmed he will be part of the twenty-two to take on the Hawks on Sunday night.

The 18-year-old says he was driving to Melbourne on Friday to spend some time with his family when Chris Scott’s name flashed up on his phone.

“I was like, “oh, God, what’s this about?”, and he was like, “you’re in on the weekend; we’re pumped,” Holmes told krockfootball.com.au.

“I gave my Mum (Olympian and Commonwealth Games 4x400m relay gold medallist Lee Naylor) a call straight after Scotty called, but it was good to spend some time with them after finding out, which is nice.

“And I saw a couple of mates, which was good.”

Holmes was drafted with pick 20 after the Cats traded a future first-round selection with Richmond on draft night to get their hands on the Melbourne Grammar/Sandringham Dragons product.

He was an emergency for the Round 2 win over the Brisbane Lions, which gave him plenty of confidence ahead of the VFL practice match against Port Melbourne the following day in which he was one of Geelong’s best.

“It gave me a little bit of an incentive to play well to try and crack into the side,” Holmes said.

“But, I definitely think it’s more of a confidence-booster that they believe you and think you’re ready to go.”

Holmes is only the sixth Cat to debut since the clash with Hawthorn became an Easter Monday fixture in 2010, joining Jack Henry (2018), Cory Gregson and Nakia Cockatoo (2015), Mark Blicavs (2013) and Steven Motlop (2010).

“It’s a crazy game to debut in… it’s exciting,” he said.

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AFL ROUND 3

GEELONG vs. HAWTHORN

MCG

Monday, April 5, 3:20pm