Fresh off their promotions to Melbourne Victory’s senior side, Josh Hope, Pierce Waring and Cameron McGilp have all been included in the 18-man squad for the Round 1 clash against Sydney FC.
It could be Hope and Waring’s A-League debuts, while McGilp has the chance to add to his one appearance from late last season against Brisbane Roar.
Several more new additions could play their first A-League game, with Rhys Williams, Matias Sanchez and Leroy George also all in the squad for Saturday night.
Victory will be missing Mark Milligan, Kosta Barbarouses and James Troisi due to international duty.
Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC
7:50pm EDT, Saturday October 7
Live on ONE HD and Fox Sports 501
18-man squad v Sydney FC (two to be omitted)
1. Matt Acton (GK), 2. Jason Geria, 4. Rhys Williams, 6. Leigh Broxham, 8. Besart Berisha, 11. Mitch Austin, 14. Thomas Deng, 15. Cameron McGilp, 16. Josh Hope, 17. James Donachie, 18. Matias Sanchez, 19, Pierce Waring, 20. Lawrence Thomas (GK), 21. Carl Valeri ©, 22. Stefan Nigro, 23. Jai Ingham, 31. Christian Theoharous, 41. Leroy George
Unavailable: Mark Milligan, Kosta Barbarouses, James Troisi (international duty)