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Dawson to debut against Essendon

Liam Dawson will make his debut for the Lions against Essendon at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

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Dawson, a Hyundai Help for Kids Lions Academy product, was taken in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft as an Academy Selection at pick 44.

The 19-year old was rewarded for consistent form in the NEAFL, he kicked four goals for the Reserves in last weekend’s loss to GWS at Coorparoo and had been listed as an emergency for the senior side for the past fortnight.

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Reserves Coach, Shane Woewodin, told the Reserves Wrap earlier in the week that Dawson’s performance against the Giants was his best to date.

Dawson follows former players Joel Patfull (Lions) and Roger Merrett (Bears) as well as Vic Chanter and Tim Pekin from Fitzroy to have worn the number 24 jumper.

Tom Cutler is out with a minor ankle strain, he is expected to miss one match.

Ryan Harwood, Rohan Bewick and Mitch Golby have been listed as emergencies.

See both full squads here.

B 27. Darcy Gardiner 42. Justin Clarke 7. Jed Adcock
HB 4. James Aish 22. Marco Paparone 31. Harris Andrews
C 28. Lewis Taylor 9. Dayne Beams 10. Daniel Rich
HF 15. Dayne Zorko 25. Daniel McStay 3. Allen Christensen
F 6. Josh Green 23. Matthew Leuenberger 5. Mitch Robinson
FOL 12. Stefan Martin 38. Tom Rockliff 30. Jack Redden
INT 17. Claye Beams 18. Nicholas Robertson 24. Liam Dawson
  35. Ryan Lester    
E 2. Ryan Harwood  8. Rohan Bewick 41. Mitchell Golby 

In:                                Claye Beams, Liam Dawson

Out:                              Tom Cutler (Ankle), Mitchell Golby (Omitted)

Milestones:                   Liam Dawson (1st AFL Match)

New:                             Liam Dawson (Aspley)

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