New faces to be named for Blues' AFL game

Oliver Caffrey
Jack Martin is expected to make his AFL debut for Carlton if the AFL's round one goes ahead

Carlton recruits Jack Martin and Jack Newnes will debut for the Blues if AFL's round one goes ahead.

After making their way to IKON Park from Gold Coast and St Kilda respectively during the off-season, Martin and Newnes will be named to face Richmond behind closed doors at the MCG on Thursday night.

Carlton coach David Teague confirmed the inclusions during a media video conference on Wednesday.

With the season in limbo because of the impacting coronavirus, Teague said he was proud of how his players had kept their focus at training.

"The players are probably mentally preparing to run out there in front of 80-90,000 and all of a sudden there's not going to be too many," Teague said.

"We've talked to our players, we've talked about them doing some work mentally in what it is going to be like running out into the MCG empty."

Veteran forward Eddie Betts, who returned to Carlton after six seasons at Adelaide, has already been ruled out of the clash with a calf injury.

Despite playing just one VFL practice match this year, defender Sam Petrevski-Seton will be named when the Blues reveal their team later on Wednesday to face the Tigers.