AFL mid-season draft hopefuls confirmed
WAFL stars Haiden Schloithe and Sam Fisher headline the list of Western Australian talent putting their names forward for the 2021 AFL mid-season draft, as part of the nominations list released on Monday.
Nominations opened on Monday, May 10 and will run until Tuesday, May 25, with the number of players so far nominated well beyond 300 ahead of tomorrow's deadline.
The first edition of the mid-season draft in 2019 saw players such as Marlion Pickett (Richmond), Will Snelling (Essendon), John Noble (Collingwood) and Ryan Gardner (Western Bulldogs) given opportunities at AFL clubs out of state league football, Pickett having played in two premierships since joining the Tigers including a fairytale Grand Final debut against Greater Western Sydney two years ago.
2017 Sandover Medalist and South Fremantle premiership player Haiden Schloithe and reigning Sandover Medalist Sam Fisher (Swan Districts) are the two high profile players who have nominated for the draft, which will be held on Wednesday June 2nd.
Former St Kilda player and current South Fremantle forward Matthew Parker has also nominated, as have Ben Edwards (Claremont), Hamish Brayshaw (West Coast), Lachlan Cullen (Peel Thunder), father-son Kobe Farmer (Swan Districts), Zac Guadagnin (West Perth), Chad Harris (Subiaco), Tyler Keitel (West Perth), Cody Leggett (East Fremantle), former Docker and Gold Coast Sun Brandon Matera (Subiaco), Declan Mountford (North Melbourne), Jake Patmore (Claremont), Chad Pearson (South Fremantle), Nick Robertson (East Perth), Blake Schlensog (South Fremantle) and Luke Strnadica (East Fremantle).
Swan Districts ruck/forward Corey Gault is yet to nominate as of Friday 14th May.
Other notable players include former number one draft pick Paddy McCartin, who is playing with Sydney Swans VFL side despite currently serving a suspension for striking in a recent fixture against Geelong, while Kyle Dunkley brother of Western Bulldogs midfielder Josh is hoping to be drafted for the second time in a mid-season draft, having been picked up by Melbourne in 2019.
Nine clubs currently share a total of 13 available list spots for the Mid-Season Draft, while other clubs will be able to free up positions should they move senior players to the long-term injury list.
IMAGE: South Fremantle FC.