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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 6: Jed Adcock of the Bulldogs in action during the 2016 NAB Challenge match between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at Highgate Recreational Reserve, Craigieburn on March 6, 2016. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 6: Jed Adcock of the Bulldogs in action during the 2016 NAB Challenge match between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at Highgate Recreational Reserve, Craigieburn on March 6, 2016. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

Luke Beveridge has made just the one change from the side that were narrowly defeated by Hawthorn last Sunday, bringing in mature-age rookie, Jed Adcock, in place of injured skipper Robert Murphy.
 
Adcock, the former Brisbane Lions skipper, has put together some strong form at VFL for Footscray.

PLAYER PROFILE: View Jed Adcock's player profile.

In last weekend’s VFL season opener, the experienced utility collected 26 disposals, two goals and laid eight tackles in a near best on ground performance against the Northern Blues.

30-year-old Adcock has 206 AFL games to his credit, and is a one-time All Australian squad nominee.

The former Lion was upgraded from the Bulldogs' rookie list two weeks ago, replacing the injured Clay Smith on the senior list.
 
Assistant coach Joel Corey told westernbulldogs.com.au on Thursday afternoon that Adcock deserves his chance, but won’t be expected to single-handedly fill the gap left by Murphy.
 
“[Jed’s } a former captain, so he’s got that leadership aspect to him,” Corey said.
 
“He’s worked really hard playing some good VFL football, so it’s great to see him get his chance, and I’ve no doubt he’ll perform at a real consistent level.
 
“It’s very hard to go one for one for Murph, everyone has got to share the load a little bit.
 
“Blokes like JJ (Jason Johannisen) and Biggsy have played that role really well, and they’ll just have to cover it a little bit more.”

Meanwhile, Joel Hamling has retained his place in the senior line-up after being a late inclusion for vice-captain Easton Wood.

Easton Wood will again look on from the sidelines this Saturday night, after hamstring tightness saw him miss the round three clash with Hawthorn.



Round 4 - AFL Premiership Season
Carlton v Western Bulldogs
Saturday 16 April 2016, 7:25pm
Venue: Etihad Stadium

View Carlton's line-up for Saturday night's clash at Etihad Stadium.

Full back M Boyd M Adams D Morris
Half back M Suckling J Hamling J Johannisen
Centreline L Hunter T Liberatore S Biggs
Half forward L Picken M Bontempelli J Stringer
Full forward L Dahlhaus T Boyd C Daniel
Followers J Roughead J Macrae M Wallis
Interchange T McLean K Stevens J Adcock
  L Jong    
Emergencies Z Cordy T Campbell B Dale

In: Jed Adcock (New - Brisbane Lions)

Out: Robert Murphy (knee)