UPDATED | After months of speculation about Adelaide landing a big fish in the so-called ‘superdraft’, in the event it was the players they didn’t select that stole the show.
South Australia’s two AFL clubs hold a strong stake in arguably the most talent-laden draft in almost two decades, and one brimming with South Australian stars of the future – although most of them appear set to ply their trades interstate.
Richmond have secured key forward Tom Lynch with Gold Coast confirming they would not try to match the Tigers’ AFL offer.
Amid the jubilation, there were some wry smiles and sighs of relief after the West Coast Eagles dug deep, drawing on their “head, heart and gut” to recover from a disastrous start and beat Collingwood by five points in an epic AFL grand final.
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has confirmed cellar dwellers Carlton and Gold Coast will not be handed priority draft picks.
Andrew Gaff might have played his last game for West Coast after he was slapped with a season-ending eight-match ban by the AFL tribunal.