Jacob Edwards was one in all 4 massive males on the high of the AFL’s mid-season draft and Matthew Lloyd sees a theme.

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

As anticipated, North Melbourne chosen massive man Jacob Edwards with the primary decide of the mid-season draft, with three extra golf equipment choosing ruckmen within the subsequent six picks.

Based on Lloyd, the pattern in choosing up massive males might be one we see for years to return throughout AFL golf equipment.

“While you take a look at it there’s 4 ruckmen within the high seven, so I feel recruiters have thought to themselves do not take them within the high 20 of the nationwide draft once they take years and years to develop,” he informed 9’s Footy Categorised.

“You are taking them within the mid-season draft the place you do not pay so much for them and you do not quit a lot for them and you may develop them.”


The loopholes might additionally come from the gamers’ facet, with the potential to barter long-term offers, as showcased by Hawthorn‘s No.2 decide Jai Newcombe.

The 20-year-old midfielder signed a four-year take care of 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 the place if you happen to’re a sensible younger bloke, you are going to say, ‘Hold on, I am going to hang around and get within the determined draft mid-year and actually play my playing cards’?” Eddie McGuire requested.

“It is an attention-grabbing factor to do. He had Adelaide and Collingwood sniffing round,” Lloyd added.

“I do know Hawthorn had decide two, however there is no doubt somebody would’ve put a (massive worth on him).”


Regardless of being the primary general choice, Edwards stays a long-shot to play AFL soccer this yr, with the younger gun centered on finishing his VCE research.

Based on Lloyd, when he does obtain his debut, it’s prone to be as a ahead, versus Todd Goldstein’s understudy within the center for North.

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

“He is a ruck-forward and he is bought an enormous leap. Clearly he is bought some weight to placed on however when he goes ahead he is grabbed the eye of all of the golf equipment this yr along with his skill to go ahead.

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


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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