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Melbourne to unveil future hope

By Kim Hagdorn
20 February 2013 05:58PM EST

BELEAGUERED AFL outfit Melbourne will unveil future hopes when exciting young gun Jesse Hogan plays in NAB Cup action this week.

Unleashing the classy big key-position prospect will be at the end of a tumltuous week for the Demons after league heavyweights handed down findings from an eight-month investigation into tanking claims from 2009.

The Demons were fined $500,000 for management deemed by the league as "prejudicial" to the AFL, with former football department head Chris Connolly and then coach Dean Bailey copping hefty suspensions.

Hogan, just 17, is ineligible to play in the AFL premiership season under strict league age restrictions.

He was traded to the Demons through the league's highly contentious formation regulations with the establishment of Greater Western Sydney when Melbourne swapped draft healthy draft picks for the young potentially top key position star.

The Demons will also unfold prize recruits Jimmy Toumpas and Jack Viney into their youthful midfield and premiership stars Chris Dawes and Shannon Byrnes.

Dawes, who was a member of Collingwood's flag winning units in 2010 could go in tandem with Hogan around goal, while Byrnes who was a dual premiership star with Geelong is likely to lurk through midfield and half-forward.

Hogan was named in a strong Demons outfit for Friday night's NAB triangular series at Etihad Stadium against North Melbourne and Richmond.

The TIgers and North named strong squads.

Richmond coach Damian Hardwick has not held back with the strength of his potentially damaging midfield and on-ball battery with young gun and new captain Trent Cotchin heading an impressive band.

Excitement machine Dustin Martin and Brett Deledio join Cotchin on the ball while veteran defender Chris Newman and ace forward Jack Riewoldt will also play some NAB game-time.

North also send out big guns with veteran Brent Harvey expected to play most of the series despite heading into a six-week suspension for the AFL premiership season from penalties hanging from last season.

Friday's NAB Cup squads:

RICHMOND: Chris Newman, Brett Deledio, Dustin Martin, Brandon Ellis, Shaun Grigg, Matt Dea, Jack Riewoldt, Trent Cotchin, Shane Edwards, Jake Batchelor, David Astbury, Ricky Petterd, Bachar Houli, Chris Knights, Luke McGuane, Alex Rance, Ivan Maric, Shane Tuck, Daniel Jackson, Ben Griffiths, RobitaNick Vlastuin, Matthew White, Matthew McDonough, Orren Stephenson, Steven Morris, Tom Derick, Todd Elton, Matt Arnot, Brett O'Hanlon, Steven Verrier.

MELBOURNE: Jesse Hogan, Nathan Jones, Jack Watts, Jimmy Toumpas, Chris Dawes, Jack Viney, James Frawley, Shannon Byrnes, Colin Sylvia, Jordie McKenzie, Lynden Dunn, David Rodan, Sam Blease, James Strauss, Colin Garland, Cameron Pedersen, James Magner, Tom McDonald, Daniel Nicholson, Tom Gillies, Joel Macdonald, James Sellar, Jack Grimes, Michael Evans, Dean Kent, Aaron Davey, Jeremy Howe, Neville Jetta, Mark Jamar, Jake Spencer, Matt Jones, Dean Terlich, Tom Couch, Jack Fitzpatrick.

NORTH MELBOURNE: Daniel Currie, Brad McKenzie, Ryan Bastinac, Liam Anthony, Ben Jacobs, Lachlan Hansen, Jack Ziebell, Daniel Wells, Andrew Swallow, Ben Cunnington, Michael Firrito, Lindsay Thomas, Jordan Gysberts, Luke Delaney, Scott Thompson, Nathan Grima, Shaun Atley, Sam Wright, Drew Petrie, Todd Goldstein, Kieran Harper, Levi Greenwood, Robbie Tarrant, Will Sierakowski, Brent Harvey, Tom Curran, Cameron Delaney, Jamie MacMillan, Aaron Black, Majak Daw, Aaron Mullett, Scott McMahon, Sam Gibson, Benjamin Speight.

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