Thirty-five players at NAB League Boys clubs have nominated for the upcoming AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft on Monday May 27.
There are approximately 17 spots open on AFL lists for clubs to fill with players selected in the Mid-Season Draft, with Adelaide, Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Gold Coast, GWS, Hawthorn, Melbourne, North Melbourne, Port Adelaide, Richmond, Sydney and the Western Bulldogs all currently able to participate.
* See the full list of NAB League Boys players who have nominated for the AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft down the page.
Players from 14 NAB League Boys clubs (including those from the northern states) have nominated for the draft, with the Dandenong Stingrays and Tasmania Devils leading the count on four nominees each, ahead of the Calder Cannons, Eastern Ranges, GWV Rebels, Murray Bushrangers, Oakleigh Chargers and Western Jets all with three.
Four of the NAB League Boys nominees are also among a group of 22 players who will go through a medical screening in front of AFL clubs on Wednesday May 22 in the lead-up to the draft. Each AFL club was able to nominate up to three players that they would like to see participate in the screening.
nableague.com.au takes a closer look at the four NAB League Boys players who will attend the medical screening below.
Daly Andrews (Western Jets): 19-year-old Andrews was invited to the NAB AFL Draft Combine last year after playing 16 games for the Jets and representing Vic Metro twice at the 2018 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. The 183cm midfielder is averaging 16 disposals, four tackles and three inside-50s per game across six NAB League Boys matches so far in 2019.
Kyle Dunkley (Gippsland Power): Over-ager Dunkley is representing Gippsland this year after playing four Victorian U18 Boys games for the Oakleigh Chargers in 2018. The brother of Western Bulldogs’ Josh Dunkley is averaging 19 disposals, eight tackles and over a goal per game across four matches for the Power as a 185cm on-baller in 2019. He also booted three majors in his VFL debut as a 23rd player for Footscray last week.
Cody Hirst (Eastern Ranges): 19-year-old Hirst is back at the Ranges this year after a top-age 2018 season limited to four Victorian U18 Boys games by injury. A 178cm speedster with elite agility, Hirst has recaptured the promising form he showed in 15 matches for Eastern two years ago, averaging 24 disposals, six marks and five tackles per game across five appearances in 2019.
Mitch Riordan (Dandenong Stingrays): 19-year-old Riordan co-captained Dandenong to Victorian U18 Boys premiership glory and represented Vic Country in two games at the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships last year but missed out at the drafts. The tough 187cm midfielder is averaging 17 disposals and five inside-50s per game through five matches so far this season.
NAB LEAGUE NOMINEES FOR THE AFL MID-SEASON DRAFT
|NAME||NAB LEAGUE CLUB|
|Nicholas||Murray||GWS Giants Academy|