FORMER Launceston midfielder Jesse Lonergan will on Saturday night be unleashed on the AFL world as Gold Coast plays host to Fremantle at Metricon Stadium.
The 18-year-old will make his senior debut after having the start to his year delayed by a broken wrist in the preseason.
Before that, the hard-at-it midfielder was one of the Suns' dominant performers, looking comfortable at the highest level.
Lonergan was Gold Coast's first pick, 13th overall, at last year's national draft.
He will be one of two Tasmanians in the Gold Coast line-up, along with Hobart forward Aaron Hall.
Lonergan's best mate and fellow former Blue Jackson Thurlow, who went to Geelong at pick 16, has been named an emergency for the Cats for their clash with Richmond.