Jacob Edwards selected first overall in mid-season draft, Matthew Lloyd raises loophole for clubs

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Essendon nice Matthew Lloyd has uncovered a possible loophole AFL recruiters may use in future mid-season drafts after the completion of the second iteration of it.

As anticipated, North Melbourne selected huge man Jacob Edwards with the first choose of the mid-season draft, with three extra clubs selecting ruckmen in the following six choices.

According to Lloyd, the pattern in selecting up huge males might be one we see for years to come back throughout AFL clubs.

“When you look at it there’s four ruckmen in the top seven, so I think recruiters have thought to themselves don’t take them in the top 20 of the national draft when they take years and years to develop,” he advised Nine’s Footy Classified.

“You take them in the mid-season draft where you don’t pay a lot for them and you don’t give up much for them and you can develop them.”

The loopholes may additionally come from the gamers’ aspect, with the potential to barter long-term offers, as showcased by Hawthorn’s No.2 choose Jai Newcombe.

The 20-year-old midfielder signed a four-year cope with the Hawks and was the one participant to appoint additional monetary phrases when lodging his software for the draft.

“Is it going to get to a stage where if you’re a smart young bloke, you’re going to say, ‘Hang on, I’m going to hang out and get in the desperate draft mid-year and really play my cards’?” Eddie McGuire requested.

“It’s an interesting thing to do. He had Adelaide and Collingwood sniffing around,” Lloyd added.

“I know Hawthorn had pick two, but there’s no doubt someone would’ve put a (big price on him).”

Despite being the first overall choice, Edwards stays a long-shot to play AFL soccer this yr, with the younger gun centered on finishing his VCE research.

According to Lloyd, when he does obtain his debut, it’s more likely to be as a ahead, versus Todd Goldstein’s understudy in the center for North.

“I went and watched him play for the Sandringham Dragons and he dominated that game,” he mentioned.

“He’s a ruck-forward and he’s got a huge leap. Obviously he’s got some weight to put on but when he goes forward he’s grabbed the attention of all the clubs this year with his ability to go forward.

“You’d suppose he’d begin his profession as a ahead and work his manner into the ruck.”

FULL 2021 AFL MID-SEASON DRAFT PICKS

1. Jacob Edwards (North Melbourne)
2. Jai Newcombe (Hawthorn)
3. Ash Johnson (Collingwood)
4. Patrick Parnell (Adelaide)
5. Ned Moyle (Gold Coast)
6. Alex Mirkov (Carlton)
7. Max Heath (St Kilda)
8. Jacob Peatling (GWS Giants)
9. Sam Durham (Essendon)
10. Matthew Parker (Richmond)

11. Will Collins (West Coast)
12. Lachlan McAndrew (Sydney)
13. Jed McEntee (Port Adelaide)
14. Kalin Lane (Brisbane Lions)
15. Kye Declase (Melbourne)
16. Charlie Ham (North Melbourne)
17. Jackson Callow (Hawthorn)
18. Aiden Begg (Collingwood)
19. Jordan Boyd (Carlton)
20. Cooper Sharman (St Kilda)
21. Connor West (West Coast)
22. Daniel Turner (Melbourne)

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