Rookie Draft: Clubs lining up to overlook talented 18 and draft Lindsay Thomas
Tonight’s AFL rookie draft will give a group of delisted mature-age footballers a second chance at an AFL career, in place of talented eighteen-year-olds.
An AFL recruiter, who wishes to remain nameless has spoken to Flack. “Sure, you could look to uncover a true diamond in the rough in the rookie draft,” the recruiter said. “Shit, that’s hard though. I would much rather give a delisted old guy a gig. “If our list is at the point where we need to rookie delisted players, then odds are our development system isn’t good enough for rookie kids”.
In line with recent tradition, AFL clubs are set to offer delisted AFL players a lifeline in the rookie draft. Almost every delisted player is training with or linked to another club for next season. “We want the older players for some experienced reserves, but we don’t want to pay them like an experienced player. “Sure, the rookie draft is there to offer a lifeline to those overlooked in the national draft. However, a year of Lindsay Thomas in our twos is way more beneficial than that”.
Among the delisted players in line for another shot at the big time are Lindsay Thomas, Steward Crameri and Cam O’Shea.