AFL Rookie Draft wrap: Premiership Tiger joins FOURTH club, Port’s shock call as Jackson Hately gets his Crows wish
Townsend joins his fourth AFL club following stints at the Giants, Tigers and Bombers.
The small forward was a key member of Richmond’s 2017 premiership side.
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Port Adelaide pulled a draft shock and recruited development coach – and premiership Magpie – Tyson Goldsack for an unexpected AFL career revival.
The 33-year-old hasn’t played a game since Collingwood’s heartbreaking Grand Final loss to West Coast in 2018, which was his fourth game back after he was rushed into the senior side following a rapid recovery from an ACL rupture.
While rookie-listing Goldsack makes him eligible for AFL selection, the move is also a sneaky way for the Power to put him in a position to provide wisdom and guidance for the Magpies in the SANFL.
The Power and Crows are only allowed one ‘marquee’ SANFL signing next year — Port has already confirmed Cameron Sutcliffe will be its 2021 marquee signing — while their top-up players can’t have been on an AFL list for the two previous seasons.
The Power also picked up father-son prospect Taj Schofield — the son of premiership Power player Jarrad Schofield.
Former Tiger Connor Menadue is back in the AFL, with North Melbourne picking him up as a rookie.
After being delisted by Richmond, Menadue was recruited by VFL club Werribee before the COVID-19 pandemic meant he couldn’t play for the Tigers. However the Roos gave him a lifeline on Thursday.
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Adelaide selected Bryce Gibbs with the first pick of the rookie draft, but only for administrative reasons, as he will be kept on their list for 2021 and then moved to the inactive list. He has retired.
After the state was snubbed in the national draft, two Tasmanian prospects were taken as rookies.
North Melbourne pounced on North Hobart’s Patrick Walker with Pick 2, while Collingwood took Launceston’s Isaac Chugg at Pick 28.
The rookie draft, primarily, was an opportunity for clubs to re-list players that had earlier been cut from the senior list. They included Grant Birchall (Brisbane), Sam Reid (GWS Giants), Marty Gleeson (Essendon), Dylan Clarke (Essendon), Roarke Smith (Western Bulldogs), Daniel Venables (West Coast) and Bailey Banfield (Fremantle).
Earlier, 2018 first-round pick Jackson Hately made his way to Adelaide via the first pick of the Pre-Season Draft.
It came after his former club GWS was unable to complete a trade with the Crows during the trade period.
“We’re delighted to bring Jackson in, and we see him becoming a really important part of our midfield mix,” Adelaide list manager Justin Reid said.
“Jackson is a former first round draft selection with great footy IQ and has shown he’s a prolific ball winner and a ferocious tackler.
“Not only do we see him as a quality player, but a quality person from a great family. Jackson served as school captain at Trinity College in Adelaide and will bring off-field leadership qualities as well as his key strengths on the field.”
Hately was the only player taken in the pre-season draft, with no other club opting to use a pick.
Just three players have been taken in the Pre-Season Draft in the last five years – Cam O’Shea to Carlton in 2017, and both Jack Martin to Carlton and Michael Hartley to Hawthorn last year.
2020 AFL ROOKIE DRAFT
1. Adelaide Crows – Bryce Gibbs (Adelaide Crows)
2. North Melbourne – Patrick Walker (outside midfielder, North Hobart)
3. Sydney Swans – Malachy Carruthers (Medium defender, Sturt)
4. Hawthorn – Jack Saunders (Norwood)
5. Gold Coast Suns – Jacob Townsend (forward, Essendon)
6. Essendon – Marty Gleeson (Essendon)
7. Fremantle – Josh Treacy (tall forward, Bendigo Pioneers)
8. Carlton – Luke Parks (medium defender, Glenelg)
9. GWS – Sam Reid (GWS)
10. Melbourne – Pass
11. Western Bulldogs – Lachlan McNeil (midfielder, Woodville-West Torrens)
12. West Coast Eagles – Zane Trew (Midfielder, Swan Districts/WA)
13. Collingwood – Jack Ginnivan (Medium forward, Bendigo Pioneers/Vic Country)
14. St Kilda – Pass
15. Brisbane Lions – Grant Birchall (Brisbane Lions)
16. Port Adelaide – Tyson Goldsack (Port Adelaide)
17. Richmond – Pass
18. North Melbourne – Connor Menadue (Werribee)
19. Sydney Swans – Pass
20. Gold Coast Suns – Jack Hombsch (Gold Coast Suns)
21. Essendon – Dylan Clarke (Essendon)
22. Fremantle – Bailey Banfield (Fremantle)
23. Carlton – Pass
24. GWS – Zach Sproule (GWS Giants)
25. Melbourne – Pass
26. Western Bulldogs – Roarke Smith (Western Bulldogs)
27. West Coast Eagles – Daniel Venables (West Coast Eagles)
28. Collingwood – Isaac Chugg (outside midfielder, Launceston)
29. St Kilda – Pass
30. Port Adelaide – Pass
31. Richmond – Pass
32. North Melbourne – Pass
33. Gold Coast Suns – Jordan Murdoch (Gold Coast Suns)
34. Essendon – Pass
35. Collingwood – Pass
36. St Kilda – Pass
37. Port Adelaide – Taj Schofield (Woodville-West Torrens)
38. Gold Coast Suns – Aiden Fyfe (Broadbeach)
39. Collingwood – Pass
40. Gold Coast Suns – Rhys Nicholls (Labrador)
2020 AFL PRE-SEASON DRAFT
1. Adelaide Crows – Jackson Hately (GWS Giants)
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