Dogs drop Suckling for Swans AFL clash

Jason Phelan

Dual-premiership defender Matt Suckling has lost his spot in the Western Bulldogs AFL line-up ahead of Thursday night's clash with Sydney at the SCG.

Suckling, who played in Hawthorn's 2014 and 2015 premiership sides, has been dropped from the team that upset GWS last week, while Josh Dunkley (ankle) and Lin Jong (Achilles) are out injured.

Louis Butler will make his AFL debut, with Rhylee West and Patrick Lipinski also included, while the Swans have added ruckman Sam Naismith, small forward Ben Ronke, and youngster Justin McInerney.