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VFL team selection: Round seven

Jayden Laverde will return from a hamstring injury in the VFL on Sunday. (Photo: AFL Media)

Essendon VFL has selected a strong side for Sunday's meeting with Sandringham at Wilson Storage Trevor Barker Beach Oval. 

Jayden Laverde is one of the notable inclusions, returning from a hamstring injury sustained in round four of the VFL. 

Zac Clarke and David Myers have also been named, both of who will feature in their first VFL matches for the year.

Dylan Clarke will look to continue his impressive form in the centre, while Jordan Ridley will start in the back pocket despite playing some forward minutes last weekend. 


Skipper Aaron Heppell will start on the half-back flank, supported by vice-captains Heath Hocking (half-forward) and Danny Younan (forward pocket).

A number of first-year players have been named on the extended interchange, and could potentially make their senior debuts.

Trent Mynott is expected to miss at least another week with a minor calf strain. 

Tynan Smith has been named the 23rd player.

Coming off the back of a 41-point loss to Casey, the VFL Dons will hope to get back on the winners list on Sunday from 2:10pm. 

Match updates will be available through the Essendon VFL twitter account.

The final team will be announced before the first bounce.

Backs 30. Brandon Zerk-Thatcher 36. Michael Hartley 14. Jordan Ridley
Half-backs 59. Aaron Heppell (C) 49. Matt Dea 23. David Myers
Centreline 34. Jake Long 37. Dylan Clarke 61. Wilson Berry
Half-forwards 22. Irving Mosquito 77. Heath Hocking 24. Jordan Houlahan
Forwards 55. Danny Younan 65. Edyn Sibbald 56. Dylan Landt
Followers 20. Zac Clarke 15. Jayden Laverde 33. Brayden Ham
Extended bench 73. Daniel Guccione 52. Liam Read 66. Luke Goetz
51. Jacob Brown 70. Liam McKenna 50. Josh Tynan
76. Bruno Laguda 79. Jake McQueen
23rd player 72. Tynan Smith

Brooke Varney is in the final year of her Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) degree at RMIT University. As part of their strategic partnership, Essendon Football Club and RMIT University are committed to providing opportunities for students, staff, players and the wider community.