Essendon has made one change to its side ahead of the Kick for the Kids game against North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium on Friday.

Devon Smith has been omitted to manage his workload during a busy part of the fixture, with young Bomber Matt Guelfi taking his place in the side.

Draftee Brayden Ham has been added to the extended squad for the very first time as an emergency, recognising an impressive start to his AFL career at The Hangar.

The first bounce is set for 4:20pm.

B – Jordan Ridley, Patrick Ambrose, Conor McKenna
HB – Andrew McGrath, Michael Hurley, Adam Saad
C – David Zaharakis, Zach Merrett, Mason Redman
HF – Darcy Parish, Zac Clarke, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti
F – Matt Guelfi, Mitch Brown, Mark Baguley
R – Tom Bellchambers, Orazio Fantasia, Dylan Shiel
Interchange – Cale Hooker, Dyson Heppell, David Myers, Jake Stringer
Emergencies – Kyle Langford, Aaron Francis, Brayden Ham, Sam Draper

IN – Guelfi
OUT – Smith