The 2020 No.1 draft pick Jamarra Ugle-Hagan will debut for the Western Bulldogs this weekend.
Ugle-Hagan will run out for the Dogs against Sydney on Sunday in a clash that will help shape the top eight.
He has beaten out the experienced key forward option Josh Schache, with regular spearhead Aaron Naughton out of the Sydney game because of concussion.
Ugle-Hagan, who has drawn comparisons to Sydney and Hawthorn legend Lance Franklin, has been carefully managed by the Dogs.
He has kicked 13 goals in seven games for Footscray in the VFL, the best haul a five-goal bag against GWS.
Concussion and interruptions to the competition because of COVID have limited his games tally in the VFL since the Dogs selected him at No.1 through their Next Generation Academy.
He will be the Bulldogs’ sixth debut player in 2021, following Anthony Scott, Lachie McNeil, Jordon Sweet, Buku Khamis and Riley Garcia.
Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has been protective of Ugle-Hagan in the press, regularly bristling at repeated questions about the player when asked by journalists.