Young hopefuls and veterans will get their last chance this year to earn a spot on an AFL list for 2022 at this afternoon’s Rookie and Pre-Season Drafts. Live below from 3pm EDT!
While 65 players were selected in the national draft, there are dozens of promising draft-age stars still hoping to earn a lifeline.
Players selected in the Rookie Draft still go onto an AFL list, but not the primary list, meaning they’re on a smaller contract. The Pre-Season Draft is very rarely used at all, with less than one player selected per year since 2013.
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DRAFT WINNERS AND LOSERS
Seven members of Fox Footy’s Top 50 Draft Power Rankings remain available, including Ned Long (No.38), Charlie Dean (No.39), Jack Avery (No.43), Casey Voss (No.44), Josh Browne (No.47), Noah Pegoraro (No.48) and Mitch Cox (No.50).
Of particular note, defender Dean won the VFL’s Fothergill-Round-Mitchell Medal as the best young player – the last 14 winners have all been drafted into the AFL – while Voss is the son of new Carlton coach Michael.
Other young guns hoping to get a gig include Josh Cripps, the younger brother of Carlton gun Patrick, Blayne O’Loughlin, the nephew of Sydney great Michael, and Blake Schlensog, the former Geelong-listed tall who has impressed in the WAFL since his late 2020 delisting.
But amid a league-wide list squeeze there are also plenty of well-known players needing to be redrafted, either by their existing club or by another, to continue their careers.
AFL clubs have made commitments to redraft over a dozen players as rookies, including Cam Ellis-Yolmen (Brisbane), Lochie O’Brien and Matt Cottrell (Carlton), Isaac Chugg (Collingwood), Connor Blakely and Mitch Crowden (Fremantle), Jez McLennan and Rory Thompson (Gold Coast), Jacob Wehr (GWS), Jared Polec (North Melbourne), Sam Mayes (Port Adelaide), Noah Cumberland and Bigoa Nyuon (Richmond), and Lewis Taylor (Sydney).
The Rookie Draft and Pre-Season Draft will be held consecutively on Friday afternoon from 3pm EDT, both in virtual format.
The AFL will confirm the draft order for both the Rookie Draft and Pre-Season Draft on Friday.
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