A BOYHOOD dream will come true in Navy Blue on Sunday.

After some standout form at reserves level, Matthew Cottrell has been named to make his AFL debut for the team he supported as a kid.

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Team Selection | Round 11

View the team for the Round 11 match against Eagles.

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The grandson of former Blue Len Cottrell (1958-59) earned his spot on Carlton’s list in February 2019, officially becoming a Blue alongside Michael Gibbons.

He will get his first chance at senior level against West Coast at Optus Stadium, becoming Carlton player No.1215 in the process.

Cottrell is one of three inclusions for tomorrow’s clash, with the speedy debutant joined by Tom De Koning and Zac Fisher.

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Cottrell's call to remember... again

Matthew Cottrell is making a habit of giving his parents some memorable news over the phone.

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De Koning will end his two-year wait for senior football after his 2018 debut, while Fisher will play his first game since the competition restart after an interrupted run with injury.

Harry McKay has been ruled out of the side after falling heavily on his knee in last week’s game. Earlier in the week it was expected he would be cleared to play, however the soreness did not settle.

He is expected to be available for selection next week.

David Cuningham (calf) and Callum Moore (omitted) also come out of the side for what will be Carlton’s fifth annual AFL Carlton Respects game.

Round 11 team


Lachie Plowman Liam Jones Sam Petrevski-Seton


Sam Docherty

Jacob Weitering

Tom Williamson


Will Setterfield

Patrick Cripps

Jack Newnes


Jack Martin

Tom De Koning

Michael Gibbons


Eddie Betts

Levi Casboult

Zac Fisher


Marc Pittonet

Sam Walsh

Ed Curnow


Kade Simpson

Marc Murphy

Matthew Kennedy


Matthew Cottrell




Sam Philp

Callum Moore

Josh Honey


Cameron Polson



In: Matthew Cottrell, Tom De Koning, Zac Fisher

Out: Harry McKay (knee), David Cuningham (calf), Callum Moore