Essendon VFL will welcome three senior-listed Bombers back to its squad ahead of Sunday’s semi-final against Werribee.

Versatile defender Jordan Ridley, athletic tall Tuth Jok and prolific onballer Dylan Clarke return to the line-up, named on the wing, half-back flank and in the centre respectively.

It will be Clarke’s first game back since round eight, where he recorded a game-high 31 disposals against Richmond.

Michael Hartley has been named at full-back following an all-round performance in last weekend’s qualifying final, which saw him slot three goals from his time up forward and record 11 hitouts in the ruck.

At the opposite end, Josh Begley will begin at full-forward with support from Mark Baguley and Kurt Aylett.

Defender Matt Dea will start in the back pocket, after announcing his retirement earlier in the week.

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Skipper Aaron Heppell sits on the extended bench alongside co-vice-captain Heath Hocking, while his counterpart Danny Younan has been named on the half-forward flank.

Dylan Landt will be the 23rd player, while David Myers will play his 50th VFL game. 

The last time the two sides met was in round 13 at Avalon Airport Oval, with the VFL Dons slotting two late goals to come away with the four points.

This time around they will face each other at Adcon Stadium, Port Melbourne, with a spot in a preliminary final at stake.

The team will be finalised ahead of the first bounce at 2:10pm on Sunday, September 8.

The match will be televised on Channel 7, with live updates to be available via Essendon VFL’s twitter.

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49. M Dea

36. M Hartley

41. B McNiece


50. J Tynan

30. B Zerk-Thatcher

46. T Jok


24. J Houlahan

37. D Clarke

14. J Ridley


55. D Younan

73. D Guccione

70. L Mckenna


75. K Aylett

16. J Begley

12. M Baguley


74. R Bowman

39. T Mynott

23. D Myers


61. W Berry

59. A Heppell

76. B Laguda


77. H Hocking

72. T Smith

34. J Long


65. E Sibbald

68. N Dixon

23rd player

56. D Landt