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Four players in JLT squad

MELBOURNE has added four inclusions after playing two men short last week, with key players Neville Jetta, Jeff Garlett, Dom Tyson and Sam Frost all named in the 26-man squad.

Tyson returns from a calf strain, while Garlett has recovered from the rib injury that hampered his training post-Christmas.

Medium forward Bailey Fritsch has been named in a forward pocket and looks a likely starter in round one.  

The Demons have rested Alex Neal-Bullen and will be without injured veteran Jordan Lewis, who will miss with a minor calf strain.

Lewis suffered a minor calf strain in the Demons' opening pre-season game against North Melbourne, but the club remains confident the 31-year-old will be available for the round one clash against Geelong on March 25. 

Thursday, March 8

Melbourne v St Kilda at Casey Fields, 7.05pm AEDT


B: J.Wagner, O.McDonald, M.Hibberd
HB: J.Hunt, J.Lever, N.Jetta
C: C.Salem, C.Petracca, B.Stretch
HF: J.Garlett, C.Pedersen, J.Melksham
F: B.Fritsch, J.Hogan, M.Hannan
Foll: M.Gawn, C.Oliver, N.Jones
I/C: J.Harmes, A.Brayshaw, D.Tyson, S.Frost, C.Maynard, B.Vince, T.McDonald, T.Bugg                

Emerg: C.Spargo, D.Kent, J.Kennedy Harris, D.Keilty                        

In: N.Jetta, J.Garlett, D.Tyson, S.Frost
Out: J.Lewis (Injured), A.Neal-Bullen (rested)

Notable absentees: Jack Viney, Jordan Lewis, Alex Neal-Bullen

Note that Melbourne is listed as four ins/two outs as 24 players took the field in its last JLT match v North Melbourne


B: J.Geary, N.Brown, D.Roberton
HB: J.Webster, J.Carlisle, S.Savage
C: J.Newnes, D.Armitage, J.Sinclair
HF: J.Billings, P.McCartin, J.Steele
F: J.Gresham, T.Membrey, J.Bruce
Foll: T.Hickey, S.Ross, J.Steven
I/C: L.Dunstan, B.Acres, K.Stevens, M.Weller, S.Gilbert, N.Coffield, H.Clark, R.Marshall                

Emerg: J.Lonie, N.Wright, B.White, L.Austin                          

In: J.Billings, J.Bruce, T.Hickey, K.Stevens
Out: B.Long, B.Longer (injured), J.Lonie, N.Wright 

Notable absentees: Billy Longer, Jack Lonie, Josh Battle, Hugh Goddard