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In The Mix: Who's Round 1 ready?

The Brisbane Lions' undefeated JLT Community Series gave a very good indication of what fans can expect from the Club's newest recruits in 2019. 

With Round 1 approaching this Saturday, AFL Media journalists have previewed who could be in the mix to play for both the Lions and West Coast Eagles.

Here's a look a the possible Round 1 Club debutants:

Brisbane Lions
There's a lot of continuity with the Lions from 2018 but there'll be three new faces running out against West Coast on Saturday night. 

Lachie Neale (Fremantle), Jarryd Lyons (Gold Coast) and Lincoln McCarthy (Geelong) all came during the off-season and have fitted seamlessly into the best 22.

The biggest question mark remains over reliable defender Darcy Gardiner, who did not play during the JLT Series.

Gardiner hurt his PCL in January but has recovered well and is a strong chance to play. 

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West Coast Eagles
The Eagles rolled with their preferred two-ruckman line-up during the JLT Community Series and it's almost certain that former Gold Coast and St Kilda big man Tom Hickey will be in the side to take on Brisbane at the Gabba to replace Scott Lycett (Port Adelaide).

How coach Adam Simpson juggles Hickey and Nathan Vardy, who is the more accomplished forward, will be intriguing, especially if star spearhead Josh Kennedy isn't available after foot problems.

The only Eagles draftee to feature during pre-season was small forward Jarrod Cameron, who is down the pecking order, while ex-Collingwood utility Josh Smith is in the wings if injuries strike through midfield as the campaign progresses. 

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs