Black Diamond Cup co-coach Tim Cotter is confident debutant Brandt Job will handle the "step up" after being called in late for Saturday's representative clash with AFL South Coast at Pasterfield Sports Complex.
The Cardiff utility trained with his club side on Thursday night but was included in the 23-man senior squad following the withdrawal of injured Maitland player Pat McMahon.
"I think he [Job] will step up," Cotter said on Friday.
"He's been with the Swans academy and can play various positions. He can swing through the forward line, midfield and back line.
"He'll be a good inclusion and fits well with our younger squad."
Terrigal Avoca's Nathan Belbin had been the other injury concern for Cotter following the squad's first hit out Tuesday, but will now take his place on the interchange bench next to Job.
Black Diamond Cup captain Andrew Scott, who was best on ground in the representative ranks in both 2016 and 2017, will lead the team onto the new Cameron Park facility this weekend.
"It's humbling [to be named captain] and nice to be recognised as having leadership qualities," Scott said before training on Thursday.
"It also means you've got that bit of extra responsibility and hopefully you can help inspire everyone to get the job done."
Newcastle City, Cardiff and Terrigal Avoca - the top three outfits on the AFL Hunter Central Coast competition ladder for 2019 - provide 15 players.
In the Black Diamond Cup women's representative squad, which also meets AFL South Coast at Pasterfield on Saturday, both City and Wyong Lakes have four entries each.
Nelson Bay's Kate Holland is the skipper.
"It's a great opportunity to get out there with the other girls from the league, mix together and just play some good quality football," Holland said.
The women's game kicks off at 3pm. The men follow at 5pm.
Watch AFL Hunter Central Coast v AFL South Coast live at theherald.com.au from 3pm on Saturday, courtesy of BarTV
BLACK DIAMOND CUP MEN: Andrew Scott (c), Maca O'Malley, Conor Haswell, Aidan Watling, Reed van Huisstede, Harrison Selkirk, Hugh Blanchfield, Cameron Keast, Brandon Thomas, Nathan Belbin, Corbin Bond, Tim Oosterhoff, Billy Barton, Pat Murphy, Jack Lennon, Marcus DeLeur, Bryce Graetz, Nick Tomlinson, Izaac Hughes, Brandt Job, Isaiah Olsen, Matthew Spinks, Brayden Tos.
BLACK DIAMOND CUP WOMEN: Kate Holland (c), Emma-Jayne Howe, Taylah Wilks, Taylor Joyce, Meaghan Macdonald, Arizona Cross, Matisse Coram-Parker, Rosie Ronan-Yates, Morgan Ross, Kate Booth, Ashleigh Page, Molly Simpson, Rebecca Ives, Alexandra Pearce, Kanesha Murray, Amy Pittman, Sarah Burns, Tahlia Thompson, Jocelyn Kelleher, Jemma Astley, Emily Bohan.