Essendon also took former North Melbourne midfielder Mitch Hibberd who excelled in the VFL with Williamstown in 2019 while Carlton took two more youngsters adding Josh Honey and Fraser Phillips to their list.
North Melbourne also added Josh Walker to their list ahead of Friday’s rookie draft as a delisted free agent. The Kangaroos held off signing the former Lions and Geelong intercept defender until after the draft as they needed free list spots to take as many picks as possible into the draft.
Players aiming for a spot via the pre-season supplemental selection (PSS) period can’t train with their club until next Tuesday being forced to bide their time as Carlton did before drafting Jack Martin in the pre-season draft.
The talented 24-year-old who was recruited to the Suns as a 17-year-old will earn $2 million in his first two seasons after agreeing to a five-year deal worth $3 million when Carlton failed to land him through the trade period.
He became just the fourth player since 2014 to join a club via a pre-season draft when Gold Coast and Melbourne decided against putting him on their list against his wishes.
Former Bomber Michael Hartley joined Hawthorn via the pre-season draft after he knocked back Essendon’s one-year offer.
Richmond premiership player Jacob Townsend is certain to join Essendon via the upcoming pre-season supplemental selection period and Mitch Brown and Harley Bennell will train with Melbourne in the hope of being picked up.
The future of players such as former Lion Nick Robertson, former Tiger Connor Menadue, former Blue Jarrod Pickett and former Magpie Sam Murray – who is returning from an anti-doping suspension – remain unclear after they were overlooked.
Michael Gleeson is an award-winning senior sports writer specialising in AFL and athletics.
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