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Power spring Harding surprise

Posted December 15, 2009 11:21:00
Updated December 15, 2009 13:35:00

Harding tackled at Lions training

Scott Harding is heading to Port Adelaide after being chosen at pick six. (Getty Images: Bradley Kanaris)

Port Adelaide has sprung the biggest surprise of the AFL preseason draft, throwing a lifeline to former Brisbane forward Scott Harding.

While most of the seven picks went as expected, the Power went for Harding rather than Carlton key position player Cameron Cloke.

Former Lions players dominated the preseason picks, with Melbourne using the first selection on defender Joel Macdonald.

As expected, former Brisbane key forward Daniel Bradshaw went to Sydney with the number four selection.

Dylan Grimes, the younger brother of Melbourne's Jack Grimes, went to Richmond with the second choice and Fremantle used the number three pick on former Essendon utility Adam McPhee.

West Coast (number five) chose Claremont's Ryan Neates, while East Fremantle's Kyle Hardingham went to Essendon at number seven.

North Melbourne used the ninth pick in the rookie draft on Majak Daw from Sudan, who becomes the first African-born player to join an AFL list.

As expected, former North midfielder Daniel Harris went to the Gold Coast as a mature-age rookie, as did Michael Coad from Sturt.

The new club also recruited former Collingwood player Daniel Stanley, but did not pick ex-Sydney premiership player Luke Ablett.

Cloke eventually went to Port Adelaide in the third round at number 41.

Several other players with senior experience also featured in the rookie draft - Melbourne re-drafted Michael Newton, Sydney retained Henry Playfair and former Western Bulldogs ruckman Wayde Skipper went to Hawthorn.

Richmond's Graham Polak, severely injured when hit by a tram last year, remained at the Tigers with pick 62.

-AAP

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  • Rodney Quinn :

    15 Dec 2009 1:50:11pm

    Is Majak Daw the first African-born player in the AFL? What about Damien Cupido (ex Brisbane and Essendon), who was born in South Africa.

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  • Bobby :

    15 Dec 2009 11:50:57pm

    Not to mention Hawthorn premiership player Stephen Lawrence who was also born in South Africa.

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