Essendon have made a big statement ahead of their blockbuster clash with North Melbourne on Sunday by dropping key defenders Cale Hooker and Tayte Pears.
Pears was already omitted on Thursday night but it appears the Bombers are prepared to go into the clash shorter than usual down back to send a message to Hooker, who has had a month he would rather forget - especially when one considers North Melbourne will head into the match with key attacking targets Drew Petrie, Robbie Tarrant and Lachie Hansen.
But the Bombers will be bolstered by the return of veteran Dustin Fletcher, who will join Jake Carlisle and probably Kyle Hardingham as the men charged with minding Petrie, Tarrant and Hansen.
Fletcher is one of five inclusions for Essendon, who also regain key players Stewart Crameri, Michael Hibberd and Angus Monfries along with debutant Brendan Lee who was upgraded from the rookie list this week in place of Mark McVeigh, who has been placed on the long-term injury list.
They all come in for Hooker, Pears, Henry Slattery, Jason Winderlich (hamstring) and Ben Howlett (hamstring).
Conversely, the Kangaroos had a much less eventful match committee meeting with Leigh Adams replacing Aaron Mullett.
Adams needed just one week to overcome another shoulder injury picked up against Melbourne in Round 18.
Meanwhile, the Western Bulldogs will create history on Sunday after Lin Jong survived the final cut.
Jong, who has a mother from Taiwan and father from East Timor, will become the first player in history with a Taiwanese and/or East Timorese background to play at the elite level.
Jong joins Ryan Hargrave and Justin Sherman as three inclusions for their clash with Richmond at the MCG.
Tom Liberatore (club suspension), Christian Howard (adductor) and Jason Tutt (hamstring) all make way for them.
The Tigers have made no changes.
Finally, Hawthorn have recalled big man Max Bailey to the side who will face Port Adelaide in Launceston on Sunday, as well as Xavier Ellis who will play his first match for the Hawks since Round 24 last year.
Bailey's inclusion feeds speculation that Jarryd Roughead will be a late withdrawal.
The star ruckman-cum-forward has made a remarkable recovery from an Achilles injury, and is strongly tipped to be rested having missed only one game this season to be one of the Hawks' best players in 2012.
Bailey and Ellis replace Liam Shiels (suspension) and Shane Savage.
The Power have settled on four changes for their first match under caretaker coach Garry Hocking and in captain Domenic Cassisi's 200th game.Troy Chaplin, David Rodan, Jarrad Redden and first-gamer Nathan Blee come in for Alipate Carlile (back), Aaron Young, Thomas Jonas and Chad Wingard (glute).