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Dockers draft steal debuts
Kepler Bradley. Pic: Getty Images

UPDATE: Fremantle have named Paul Duffield as their substitute for this afternoon's AFL clash with the Western Bulldogs at Patersons Stadium.

Meanwhile, Fremantle's latest debutant Cameron Sutcliffe has been labelled a draft bargain for the club as last year's No.71 pick starts his AFL career.

The 20-year-old has been named on the interchange bench today and becomes the club's fourth debutant of the season after Lachie Neale, Lee Spurr and Hayden Crozier.

The South Australian midfielder was one of five changes as Fremantle swung the axe for a game crucial to their finals hopes.

It is the first fixture of a winnable four-week block where they also play Melbourne, Greater Western Sydney and Port Adelaide.

Utility Kepler Bradley was recalled to replace Zac Clarke, with Duffield and Antoni Grover also brought in.

Stephen Hill passed a fitness test yesterday on the inured ankle that had sidelined him for a fortnight.

Clarke, Neale, Nick Suban, Alex Silvagni and Jayden Pitt have been dropped.

Sutcliffe played eight league matches for SANFL premiers Woodville-West Torrens last season under senior coach Michael Godden.

Godden said he had not been surprised when the youngster was drafted by Fremantle a year after being overlooked in his first eligible AFL national draft.

"He works really hard, he's got good skills and he'll carry the footy," Godden said.

"When I coached him I played him out on the wing and he just was really able to break the lines and work from end to end.

"What do they call them, 80-metre players? He can carry 30 metres and kick 50 metres.

"That's the sort of kid he is.

"He's got a loping pace. It's deceiving … he certainly could be (a draft steal)."

Sutcliffe hails from Kadina, about 145km north-west of Adelaide on the Yorke Peninsula.

He came up through the under-age program at the same SANFL club that produced Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich.

His debut comes on the back of 34 disposals and two goals for East Fremantle last weekend.

Dockers coach Ross Lyon said an injury setback earlier in the year had delayed Sutcliffe's debut until now.

He said the club's youngsters would need to set about building bigger bodies in coming seasons to compete with the likes of league leaders Collingwood.

"The bigger picture is our first, second and third-year players have got to be like Nathan Fyfe and put on 16kg and be able to compete against the big bodies and until they do that we're going to be an inconsistent football team," Lyon said.

Lyon cited Clarke's own inconsistency as the reason for him being dropped.

Fremantle confirmed Crozier had glandular fever.

The Dogs also performed a major shuffle with six changes.

Lindsay Gilbee, Ayce Cordy, Jason Tutt, Nathan Djerrkura, Mitch Wallis and Mark Austin are the inclusions.

Adam Cooney (soreness), Dylan Addison (jaw) and Robert Murphy (hip) are injured, with Ryan Hargrave, Jordan Roughead and Liam Jones dropped.

"He (Sutcliffe) works really hard, he's got good skills and he'll carry the footy."" Woodville-West Torrens senior coach *Michael Godden *

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