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AFL premiers Melbourne have shown their sentimental side by using the final pick of the national draft to recruit Taj Woewodin as a father-son selection.
Unlike top-end father-son prospects Sam Darcy (Western Bulldogs) and Nick Daicos (Collingwood), Woewodin did not attract a bid from a rival club.
It allowed the Demons to wait until pick 65 to snap up the East Fremantle midfielder.
Woewodin is the son of 2000 Brownlow Medal winner Shane Woewodin, who played 138 games for Melbourne over six seasons before ending his AFL career at Collingwood.
Taj Woewodin was in tears when the Demons notified him of their intention to select him.
“It’s magnificent going through that process of letting him and the family know,” Demons recruiting boss Jason Taylor told Fox Footy.
“They were quite emotional, but it’s well deserved for Taj.
“He really works hard on his footy, he’s a sensational kid and he improves every day.”
Woewodin was the fifth father-son recruit of the 2021 draft class, in proof that the competition’s most romantic – and somewhat controversial – rule is alive and well.
Darcy and Daicos were always going to end up at the Bulldogs and Collingwood respectively, but those clubs were forced to match rivals’ early bids to secure their key targets on Wednesday night.
There was a flurry of late father-son selections as the draft wrapped up on Thursday, with North Melbourne able to take Jackson Archer at pick 59 before Port Adelaide recruited Jase Burgoyne with pick 60.
Archer, the son of Kangaroos legend Glenn Archer, has similar traits to the “Shinboner of the Century”.
“When you see him play, you know straight away whose son he is,” North Melbourne football boss Brady Rawlings said
“He’s aggressive and highly competitive. It’s a good foundation to build on in today’s footy.
“He is one of the most competitive and courageous players in this year’s draft.
“He has a never-say-die attitude towards his footy which we can’t wait to see in North Melbourne colours.”
Burgoyne, the son of Port Adelaide premiership player Peter Burgoyne, arrives at the Power just weeks after older brother Trent was delisted by the club.
“Jase has shown over a period of time he has the football IQ and game sense to be able to accumulate large amounts of the ball and the skills to execute going forward,” Port talent manager Geoff Parker said.
Carlton selected dynamic forward Jesse Motlop, son of former North Melbourne and Port Adelaide livewire Daniel Motlop, with pick 27.
Motlop was not eligible to be a father-son selection for either the Power or Kangaroos, because Daniel did not play enough games for either club.