AFL to make changes to academy draft rules

The manoeuvre allowed them to get back into the second round of last year’s draft and pick up James Rowbottom, whom the club has been highly impressed with in his debut season.

Though the league approved of Sydney’s move last year, they have informally notified list managers this week at the Gold Coast that they will not be able to employ the same strategy during this year’s draft.

The Giants are poised to secure gun youngster Tom Green from their academy at this year’s draft.

The AFL is set to close the draft loophole the Swans exploited in picking up Nick Blakey.Credit:AAP

Green, the grandson of four-time Richmond premiership winner Michael Green, is a big-bodied midfielder in the vein of Carlton’s Patrick Cripps.

The Canberra product has been touted as a potential top-five pick after starring at this year’s national under-18 championships for the Allies.

If a rival club was to bid for Green at No.5, based on current ladder positions the Giants would have to use picks 10 (which they received from Essendon as part of the Dylan Shiel deal) and 14. The leftover points from the latter pick would see them slide down to 17.


There are three other members of the Giants academy – Matt McGrory, James Peatling and Liam Delahunty – in line to be drafted but they are expected to go in the later rounds.

The Swans have two potential high draft picks in their academy for next year’s draft in Braeden Campbell and Errol Gulden, both of whom played as underagers in this year’s national championships.

Despite his family ties to the Tigers, Green is open minded about where he ends up next year.

“The Giants have been very, very good to me through the academy,” Green said.

“Where I’d like to play is whoever wants me. If it’s the Giants that’d be awesome, if another club wants me I just want to play where I’m wanted.”

Clubs are expected to have a clearer view of how the bidding system might operate from 2020 next week when some of the recommendations from the review conducted by former Carlton premiership player Andrew McKay are sent to teams.

The introduction of the Next Generation Academies that gives clubs access to Indigenous and multicultural players has taken the heat out of the issue of academies in NSW and Queensland.

There was uproar from clubs in Victoria after the Swans were able to secure Isaac Heeney by matching Melbourne’s bid at two with their selection at 18 in 2014.

The rules were changed the following year when the Swans secured Callum Mills at three by parting with picks 33, 36, 37 and 43. Their next available selection came at 51.

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