Jack Martin is officially a Blue after a lengthy wait, joining Carlton with one of only two picks made in today’s preseason draft.
Martin reportedly put a price on his head that will see him paid more than $1 million in 2020 to deter Gold Coast and Melbourne, who could have selected him before Cartlon, from doing so.
The preseason draft also saw former Collingwood and Essendon key defender Michael Hartley get to Hawthorn, where he along with Sam Frost will add to their mature depth in that position.
Adelaide gave two AFL delistees a second chance in the rookie draft, picking up midfielder-forward Ben Keays from Brisbane after an excellent season in their NEAFL side, and former Magpie Ben Crocker.
Essendon also snapped up a mature talent in Mitch Hibberd, who played four games for North Melbourne before being delisted at the end of 2018.
He was recast as an inside midfielder in the VFL this season and could slot in to play that role immediately for the Bombers.
A handful of prospects who were in the mix for the national draft but overlooked managed to get their AFL chance in the rookie draft as well.
Mitch O’Neill, a two-time under-18 All-Australian, managed to get his chance via the West Coast Eagles, who took him at pick 25.
Emerson Jeka, who was invited to night two of the draft but went unpicked, would be relieved to have landed a rookie spot at Hawthorn, picked at No.9.
Josh Honey, Brady Rowles, Jack Bell, Jarvis Pina, Jake Pasini, Anthony Treacy, Bradley Close and Fraser Phillips were the other untied prospects to find a home.
Melbourne, Collingwood, Hawthorn, Essendon, Adelaide, GWS, Gold Coast and West Coast all passed on selections during the rookie draft, leaving them with spots open to sign players during the supplementary selection period, should they wish.
Harley Bennell and Mitch Brown are known to be training with the Demons – who have two spots open presently – while Darcy Cassar and Cooper Sharman are among the overlooked 18-year-olds that clubs may consider trialling.
2019 AFL Draft
|1||Gold Coast||Josh Schoenfeld|
|5||St Kilda||Jack Bell|
|8||Port Adeliade||Jake Pasini|
|11||West Coast||Anthony Treacy|
|16||Gold Coast||Connor Budarick|
|22||Port Adeliade||Trent Burgoyne|
|25||West Coast||Mitch O’Neill|
|29||Gold Coast||Matt Conroy|
|32||Port Adeliade||Boyd Wodcock|
|33||West Coast||Brendon Ah Chee|
|37||Gold Coast||Malcolm Rosas|
|38||Port Adeliade||Riley Grundy|
|39||West Coast||Hamish Brayshaw|