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Troubled ex-Melbourne forward Liam Jurrah won’t be in the AFL next season after Port Adelaide ruled out punting on him in Tuesday’s pre-season or rookie drafts.
Ex-Adelaide star forward Kurt Tippett is set to finally get his wish to join reigning premiers Sydney.
He’s the one big fish among the many recycled AFL players set to dominate the off-season’s last recruiting opportunity.
But Jurrah faces at least a year in AFL exile.
The 24-year-old, who walked out on the Demons at the end of this year’s season, is due to face court in Alice Springs next March over assault charges.
He has trained with the Power in recent weeks.
But Port football manager Peter Rohde said injury-related fitness concerns and Jurrah’s off-field troubles had put them off drafting him on Tuesday.
The Power have instead offered him a spot with their SANFL club, help with his court battle, assistance regaining fitness and a promise they will consider recruiting him for 2014.
The Swans don’t enter the pre-season draft until pick No.11.
But with Greater Western Sydney, who have the top pick, having ruled out taking Tippett – out suspended for next year’s first 11 rounds over a draft and salary cap saga – and no signs of interest elsewhere, the way is clear for Sydney.
GWS plan to re-draft veteran ruckman Dean Brogan and are likely to also extend ex-Carlton key position player Bret Thornton’s career
The Crows will re-draft Nick Joyce, the youngster they delisted before November’s national draft when they were not allowed to cut Tippett.
Andrew Collins (Carlton), Ariel Steinberg (Essendon), Callum Bartlett (Brisbane), Peter Yagmoor (Collingwood), Jesse Crichton (Fremantle), Ben Speight and Cameron Richardson (North Melbourne) are others likely to be welcomed back onto the main or rookie lists of clubs that delisted them.
Collingwood will give veteran ruckman Ben Hudson his fourth AFL home through the rookie draft.
Ex-Geelong ruckman Orren Stephenson could be picked up by Richmond.
Former Geelong and Essendon midfielder Brent Prismall is hoping to join the Western Bulldogs.
He’s battling for a spot with VFL player Brett Goodes, the brother of Sydney’s Adam.
Other relatives of AFL players hoping for selection include Xavier Richards and Brandon Jack, the brothers of Sydney’s Ted and Kieren respectively, who are on the Swans’ radar.
Jordon Bourke, the son of former Geelong and Brisbane big man Damien, is seeking a spot with the Lions.
Dayle Garlett, cousin of Carlton’s Jeff, is hoping to join Essendon, where he’s been training after being overlooked in the national draft because of disciplinary concerns despite being rated one of the nation’s most talented youngsters.