Four delisted AFL players have found lifelines at new clubs via the 2018 AFL Rookie Draft which was conducted on Friday a few hours after the national draft concluded.
Hugh Goddard formerly of St Kilda and Tom Bugg formerly of GWS and Melbourne will both get a chance to extend their careers at the Carlton Blues, taken at picks 1 and 19 in the rookie draft.
Meanwhile delisted Magpie Josh Smith was acquired by West Coast at pick 34, and delisted Giant Tim Mohr landed at Hawthorn with pick 43.
A large number of the picks in this year’s rookie draft featured clubs re-drafting players already on their list who were being moved to the rookie list for various reasons.
Particularly notable are Sam Murray, who Collingwood will keep on their rookie list despite him facing a potential multi-year ASADA suspension, and Kurt Tippett, who will remain technically on the Sydney Swans’ list despite having retired almost 12 months ago.
A number of potential draftees who missed out in the national draft managed to find spots as rookies with some of the most notable including Tom McKenzie to North Melbourne, Durak Tucker to the Sydney Swans, and Damon Greaves and Will Golds to Hawthorn.
Talented Western Australian midfielder Sydney Stack however has missed out on this opportunity to become an AFL-listed player amid concerns over his lack of professionalism.
Numerous clubs also chose to pass on some of their available rookie selections, leaving the window open to acquire former AFL players under the new rule which allows clubs to do so starting from December 1.
It’s already known that Shane Mumford is likely to return to the GWS Giants via this new mechanism, while Zac Clarke will land at Essendon, Maverick Weller at Richmond, Corey Wagner at Melbourne, and Keegan Brooksby at the West Coast Eagles.
Below you can see the complete list of players taken in the rookie draft, and the clubs that picked them.
|1||1||Carlton Blues||Hugh Goddard|
|1||2||Gold Coast Suns||Michael Rischitelli|
|1||3||St Kilda Saints||Callum Wilkie|
|1||4||Brisbane Lions||Ryan Bastinac|
|1||5||Fremantle Dockers||Ethan Hughes|
|1||6||Western Bulldogs||Lachie Young|
|1||7||Adelaide Crows||Kieran Stachan|
|1||8||Essendon Bombers||Tuth Jok|
|1||9||Port Adelaide Power||Tobin Cox|
|1||10||North Melbourne Kangaroos||Tom McKenzie|
|1||11||Geelong Cats||Tom Atkins|
|1||12||Sydney Swans||Durak Tucker|
|1||14||Hawthorn Hawks||Damon Greaves|
|1||15||Melbourne Demons||Kade Chandler|
|1||16||Richmond Tigers||Jake Aarts|
|1||17||Collingwood Magpies||Tim Broomhead|
|1||18||West Coast Eagles||Harry Edwards|
|2||19||Carlton Blues||Tom Bugg|
|2||20||Gold Coast Suns||Jack Leslie|
|2||21||Brisbane Lions||Jacob Allison|
|2||22||Fremantle Dockers||Tobe Watson|
|2||23||Western Bulldogs||Jordon Sweet|
|2||24||Adelaide Crows||Paul Hunter|
|2||25||Essendon Bombers||Matt Dea|
|2||26||Port Adelaide Power||Cameron Hewett|
|2||27||North Melbourne Kangaroos||Kyron Hayden|
|2||28||Sydney Swans||Harry Reynolds|
|2||30||Hawthorn Hawks||Will Golds|
|2||32||Richmond Tigers||Jacob Townsend|
|2||33||Collingwood Magpies||Sam Murray|
|2||34||West Coast Eagles||Josh Smith|
|3||36||Gold Coast Suns||Brad Scheer|
|3||37||Fremantle Dockers||Ryan Nyhuis|
|3||39||Adelaide Crows||Jordon Butts|
|3||41||North Melbourne Kangaroos||Tom Wilkinson|
|3||42||Sydney Swans||Kurt Tippett|
|3||43||Hawthorn Hawks||Tim Mohr|
|3||45||Richmond Tigers||Mabior Chol|
|3||46||West Coast Eagles||pass|
|4||47||Gold Coast Suns||Harrison Wigg|
|4||48||North Melbourne Kangaroos||pass|
|4||49||Hawthorn Hawks||Will Langford|
|5||51||Gold Coast Suns||pass|