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Purple Hase survives for now
Purple Hase survives for now

Fremantle haven't dropped Paul Hasleby - at least not yet.

Amid concerns the veteran midfielder had become a marginal player at the Dockers, coach Mark Harvey has named Hasleby in the 25-man squad for Sunday's western derby against West Coast.

However, there is still the possibility of Hasleby slipping out of the team with the Dockers, like the Eagles, having to make three cuts to the squad tomorrow afternoon.

But even though there has been speculation about Hasleby after he was named as an emergency last week, only to come into the team to play Western Bulldogs, the Dockers would be determined to have him in round 18 because of his outstanding western derby record.

Hasleby has won four Ross Glendinning medals, awarded to the best player in Dockers-Eagles contests.

Fremantle could turn to another debutant in a western derby, naming skilled left-footer Justin Bollenhagen on a half-back flank.

The 18-year-old has booted 17 goals in 11 matches for WAFL club Perth this season as a roaming forward, having been selected by the Dockers at pick No. 52 in last year’s national draft.

Selectors have not been shy in backing inexperienced players in a derby this year, handing running defender Dylan Roberton his first AFL game in their earlier meeting against West Coast in round six.

Experienced duo Chris Tarrant and David Mundy have returned to the line-up, and utility player Kepler Bradley was named on the interim seven-man interchange bench.

Michael Walters was also listed on the bench. Midfielder Rhys Palmer (shoulder) and dasher Clancee Pearce (knee) are out with injuries.

West Coast forwards Ben McKinley and Callum Wilson, premiership defender Brett Jones and young midfielders Tom Swift and Patrick McGinnity return to the Eagles 25.

At least two of those additions will remain in the side. Ashton Hams (suspension) and Adam Selwood (shoulder) are forced omissions for the Eagles.

First-year defender Brad Sheppard was named in the 25-man squad despite earlier speculation that he could also miss with a shoulder injury.

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