Fremantle will unveil exciting half back Hayden Young against Brisbane on Saturday at the Gabba after the late withdrawal of Nathan Wilson.
Young was initially named as an emergency and was brought in as a late change after Wilson developed a sore back overnight.
Young was told the news by senior coach Justin Longmuir following breakfast on Saturday morning at their high performance centre on the Gold Coast.
“Since you’ve got to the club, you’ve been self-motivated, you’ve got this desperate desire to be your best self,” Longmuir said.
“Then the shut down happens, and you handled it really, really well.
“You came back fit, came back training really well. Match sim last week was really well done.
“The only thing standing in your way of getting a game of AFL was opportunity, and I remember sitting in this room on Thursday afternoon when we said you were an emergency, and ‘Belly’ (Peter Bell) said opportunities come in strange ways.
“So get yourself ready, Nathan hasn’t come up so you’re in and you get to make your debut mate.
“I know you’re ready, I know you’ve put in the work and I’m just so excited.
“I’d love to give you a hug but we have to stay a metre and a half away, but mate, I’m pumped for you. Your attitude since you’ve come to the club, you’re a pro!”
The 19-year-old has impressed with his decision-making and ball use at training, especially with his penetrating left foot kick.
He becomes the first player from the 2019 draft class to make their debut.
He joins round one NAB AFL Rising Star nominee Sam Sturt as debutants for Freo this season.