Essendon have made at least two changes to the team to take on the SUNS this Sunday at Metricon Stadium. 

Captain Dyson Heppell has been ruled out with foot soreness after battling through last week’s game against Adelaide.

Rebounding defender Conor McKenna will also miss the match as he travels home to Ireland to attend his brother’s wedding.

The Bombers have not yet revealed who will take their place in the team, with six in the mix to earn a recall 

Ruckman Zac Clarke is again available after missing last week with illness, while young forward and close friend to Corey Ellis, Jayden Laverde is also a possibility to return after overcoming back soreness.

The remaining four potential inclusions are David Myers, Mark Baguley, Ben McNiece and Josh Begley.

The final team will be confirmed at 5pm today.

The match gets underway at 4:40pm on Sunday at Metricon Stadium, with the SUNS NEAFL team playing a curtain raiser against the GWS Giants at 12:00pm.

Essendon Squad v Gold Coast SUNS


35. M. Guelfi

26. C. Hooker

8. M. Gleeson


29. P. Ambrose

10. A. Francis

42. A. Saad


27. M. Redman

7. Z. Merrett

11. D. Zaharakis


9. D. Shiel

25. J. Stringer

43. A. McDonald-Tipungwuti


40. W. Snelling

28. M. Brown

4. K. Langford


44. S. McKernan

3. D. Parish

37. D. Clarke


20. Z. Clarke

1. A. McGrath

23. D. Myers


15. J. Laverde

36. M. Hartley

12. M. Baguley


41. B. McNiece

16. J. Begley



IN – Z. Clarke, Myers, Laverde, Baguley, McNiece, Begley
OUT – Heppell (injured), McKenna (unavailable)