THE final slots on AFL lists for next season are on the line today as clubs look to add talent through the rookie draft.
A host of recycled players — or youngsters who missed out in the national draft — will be hoping to have their names called when the action begins at 5pm (AEDT).
Preseason draft off again
THE diminishing relevance of the preseason draft was highlighted again when this year’s edition was canned by the AFL.
All clubs eligible to participate advised the AFL they would not be taking part.
The preseason draft has been diminished since the advent of free agency. The last preseason draftee was Jason Tutt (Carlton) in 2014.
Report: Lions to offer Beams lifeline
Brisbane will use the top pick in today’s rookie draft to offer a repriece to Claye Beams, AFL.com.au reports.
The younger brother of Lions captain Dayne Beams has played 54 games in seven seasons with Brisbane.
Bulldog Stewart Crameri heads the list of experienced players hoping for an AFL lifeline, with the delisted Bulldog searching for a third home.
Geelong has been linked as a potential new home for the forward to help Tom Hawkins.
Axed Fremantle defender Sam Collins has been training with St Kilda in a bid to prove he’s worth the punt, as has young former West Coast forward Tom Lamb and delisted Kangaroo Will Fordham.
Former Port Adelaide defender Cam O’Shea has been training with Carlton after playing with the club’s VFL affiliate this year.
The running defender won Northern Blues’ best-and-fairest after an impressive season.
Former Fremantle rookie Haiden Schloithe is also hoping for a second chance as a mature-age recruit after winning the Sandover Medal in the WAFL this year.
Delisted players including Collingwood’s Adam Oxley — who the Magpies have committed to selecting in the rookie draft — and Jackson Ramsay, Blue Blaine Boekhorst and luckless Swan Alex Johnson are also training with their clubs hoping to earn another chance.
Some likely rookie picks— Sam Landsberger ...Read more
Ade: Jackson Edwards, Ellis-Yolmen
Carl: Cam O’Shea and Boekhorst or Matt Shaw
Gee: Hayball and Ruggles or Crameri
Port: Lindsay Thomas
Haw: Dallis Wilsmore
GWS: Jack Buckley
Syd: A Johnson, James Bell
WB: R Smith and Ben Sloan or Billy Gowers