West Coast will rotate their best young ruckmen against Fremantle giant Aaron Sandilands in tonight's NAB Cup match at Patersons Stadium.
Eagles assistant coach Scott Burns said rookie Callum Sinclair and Scott Lycett would share the ruck duties and would face the "unique" challenge of Sandilands without regular ruckmen Dean Cox and Nic Naitanui.
Sinclair, a 200cm 23-year-old, comes to the club after stints at Port Melbourne and Subiaco.
"It is not like an 18-year-old out of under-18 level coming up against an opposition seasoned ruckman," Burns said. "But Sandilands is a unique player, so it will certainly be a test if he plays against us.
"They (Sinclair and Lycett) will both be sharing as much as possible. We have got a few other younger players, too, who can give a chop out."
The Eagles are delighted with the pre-season of 20-year-old Lycett.
"He has changed his body shape a little bit, gotten fitter and the bonus, with Nic being out and Coxy doing limited pre-season training with the group, is that he has spent a lot of time in there with the midfielders," Burns said. "It has been really good for him." Burns said Lycett's development as a ruckman and forward had meant a demanding learning curve.
"When you have got a young fellow coming in as a ruckman you need to spend a lot of time with them in that area," he said.
"If you have just drafted a stand- alone tall forward, they need a lot of development in that area as well.
"He has been in a pretty intense program in the last two years, trying to learn and acquire the skill sets of both positions."
The Eagles will test youngster Adam Carter and mature-aged draftee Mark Hutchings, but Cale Morton will not play after pulling up sore after a training session.
The Dockers have included ruckman Jack Hannath and teenager Tanner Smith in their squad.
Coach Ross Lyon said the club expected more first-year players to make their debuts during 2013.
"We don't put any limitations on anyone," he said. "Our whole philosophy is anything is possible."
Lyon said Lachie Neale, Hayden Crozier, Cameron Sutcliffe and Tom Sheridan made their debuts last year, as had mature-aged Lee Spurr.
"We would expect that to occur again and we are really excited by that," he said.