Final drafts recycle senior players
WILL BRODIEDecember 15, 2009
ROOKIE DRAFT, PICK 41, PORT ADELAIDE Big man prospect Cameron Cloke has played 57 games in six seasons with Collingwood and Carlton. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
Nineteen players have been given a lifeline today by the pre-season and rookie drafts, but ex-Sydney Swans premiership player Luke Ablett has missed out on finding a new club.
Port Adelaide picked up former Lion rover Scott Harding with pick six.
The rookie draft was a more varied affair, with the expected - former Roo Daniel Harris drafted at number one by Gold Coast - alongside the shocks, such as Port Adelaide waiting until pick 41 to snare former Carlton and Collingwood ruckman Cameron Cloke.
Sudanese-born youngster Majak Daw is now on the North Melbourne rookie list. Photo: PENNY STEPHENS
Gold Coast also picked up former Collingwood fringe midfielders Danny Stanley (pick five) and Sam Iles (pick three), who obviously impressed coach Guy McKenna when he was an assistant at Collingwood under Mick Malthouse.
Geelong shored up its key position forwards by selecting 27 year-old James Podsiadly (pick 50), a former Liston medallist as the best and fairest in the VFL. He was rookie listed by Essendon and Collingwood a decade ago and has been a goalkicking star in the VFL for Williamstown, Werribee and Geelong.
West Coast surprised by picking up much maligned national draft pick 8 (2005), former Richmond utility Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls (pick 53), who once played with East Perth.
A number of factors made senior players more attractive to clubs.
The new Gold Coast club had taken the cream of the 17-year-old talent
before the national draft, and the AFL introduced the mature-age rookie,
which enabled clubs to pick up two players over the age of 23, the
previous cut-off age for rookies.
That, combined with the perception that the national draft was not as strong this year as in the past, and the looming impact of draft concessions for Gold Coast and the new West Sydney club in 2011 and 2012, meant that clubs were keen to shore up their lists with hard-bodied, experienced talent.
HIGHLIGHTS, round by round
Tough, hard-at-it former Magpie midfielder Danny Stanley (pick five Gold Coast), had been
training with Fremantle. He played five games in three seasons for the Magpies and excelled at VFL level.
Wade Skipper (pick 13 Hawthorn), was outstanding for Williamstown in the VFL this season, and helps Hawthorn address its shortage of ruckmen after the retirement of Robert Campbell. He played 45 matches in six seasons for the Bulldogs.
Sam Iles (pick three Gold Coast), was a fine VFL player for Box Hill this season after a promising beginning to his career with Collingwood, where he played eight AFL matches.
Former Geelong forward prospect Henry Playfair (pick 10, Sydney) has played 63 games in six seasons with Geelong and Sydney, and gets another chance with the Swans after an injury-addled two years on their list.
North Melbourne wasted no time taking a punt on exciting Sudanese born tall Majak Daw, (pick nine North Melbourne), who has only been playing footy for four years. he is considered to have plenty of scope remaining for improvement.
Elite Werribee midfielder Michael Barlow (pick eight, Fremantle), was expected to be picked early.
Michael Newton, (pick six Melbourne), already under contract for another season at Melbourne, was re-drafted. His de-listing enabled Melbourne to have another pick in the national draft.
Mostly lower-profile younger players here. Like Michael Newton, Demon ruckman John Meesen (pick 22 Melbourne), was delisted then re-drafted, and
he is contracted for 2010.
Andrew Hooper (pick 35, Western Bulldogs), beat players such as national draft top picks Trengove and Scully to be named Larke Medallist in the under-18 championships, but as a small player was overlooked until now for a place on an AFL list.
James Podisadly, (pick 50, Geelong), 28, is a
strong key forward, is a member of Geelong's strength and conditioning staff, captained the Geelong VFL team this year, and has long been considered
the best player in the VFL.
Jarryd Allen (pick 49, St Kilda), had retired late this year after a horrendous three years battling a hip injury. SEN reports that he is being included on St Kilda's list for salary cap reasons.
Cameron Cloke (pick 41, Port Adelaide), goes to the Power later than expected in the draft. He will offer back-up ruck and key forward depth for the Power. He played 10 games in 2009 for Carlton for a total of 57 across six years for Colingwood and the Blues.
Matthew Panos (pick 48, Western Bulldogs), from Norwood was highly rated and it is a surprise that he lasted this long in the drafts. He was this year's under-18 All-Australian full forwar.
Marcus Marigliani (pick 55, Essendon), was one
of the more exciting VFL players of 2009, a quick, skilled utility. Leigh Fisher
is re-drafted after having injury problems.
Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls, (pick 53 West Coast) pick no.8 in the 2005 national draft, played just 13 disappointing games in four seasons at Richmond, but the Eagles obviously believe they can get the best out of the pacy former East Perth winger.
De-listed Saint Leigh Fisher (pick 60 St Kilda) is reportedly included on St Kilda's list for salary cap reasons.
Versatile tall Graham Polak
(pick 62 Richmond), continues his return from a serious head injury as amature-age rookie for
Richmond. he improved markedly at VFL level for Coburg late in 2009. He has played 108 games for Fremantle and Richmond over eight seasons
St Kilda believes it has the best young talent from Ireland in Kerry's Tommy Walsh, (pick 69, St Kilda) who played alongside Tadgh Kennelly in the All-Ireland-winning team in October.
Claye Beams (pick 76, Brisbane), is the brother of Collingwood's Dayne, who played 18 matches in his first season with the Magpies in 2009. he played cricket until recently but impressed late in the year in the QAFL.Sean Yoshuira will become the first Japanese-born AFL player if he gets a game for Brisbane.
Patrick Rose (pick 68, Western Bulldogs), has been a highly rated small forward for Williamstown for several years. Williamstown officials raised money to promote the chances of their best palyers getting AFL opportunities.
Former Swan Luke Ablett and former young Hawk forward Mitch Thorp are amongst the notable names not to have been picked up.
Former Blue Jake Edwards trained with the Western Bulldogs, but did not win a berth on a list.