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CARLTON has made a late change to its plans and will now use a selection at Monday's NAB AFL Pre-Season Draft, having earlier notified the League it would be sitting the draft out.

The AFL had earlier communicated notice to clubs and fans that there would not be a pre-season draft for the second straight year after clubs with available list spots told them they wouldn't be participating in it. 

However, the Blues have had a change of heart and will now be the only club to use a pre-season draft choice.

The AFL also released the order of selections ahead of the rookie draft, which begins via teleconference from around the country at approximately 5pm AEDT on Monday. 

There will be 42 picks available for the rookie draft among clubs, which will include Adelaide taking father-son prospect Jackson Edwards.

Cillian McDaid (Carlton), Luke Lavender (Essendon) and Tom Jeffries (North Melbourne) have already been pre-selected as category B rookies. 

A total of seven players have also already been locked in as northern academy and Next Generation Academy players, with Gold Coast adding Jacob Dawson and Jacob Heron to its list, and the Giants signing Jack Buckley, the son of North chairman Ben, as a NSW zone pick.

Sydney has listed James Bell and Jake Brown as rookies via its academy, while Changkuoth Jiath (Hawthorn) and Derek Eggmolesse-Smith (Richmond) have joined their respective clubs via the multicultural and indigenous academy pathway.

Sydney has listed James Bell and Jake Brown as rookies via its academy, while Changkuoth Jiath (Hawthorn) and Derek Eggmolesse-Smith (Richmond) have joined their respective clubs via the multicultural and indigenous academy pathway.

Meanwhile, Melbourne won't be taking a player in the rookie draft having already filled its 2018 list.

The Demons picked four players – Charlie Spargo, Bayley Fritsch, Harrison Petty and Oskar Baker – in Friday's NAB AFL Draft, bringing the number of players on Melbourne's list to 44 and the maximum allotment.

The Demons have retained Lachlan Filipovic, Declan Keilty, Corey Maynard and Tim Smith as rookies for 2018.

Having signed a two-year deal in April, Joel Smith has been permanently upgraded to the senior list.

Rookie Draft order 

Round one

1. Brisbane Lions
2. Gold Coast
3. Carlton
4. North Melbourne
5. Fremantle
6. Collingwood
7. Hawthorn
8. St Kilda
9. Western Bulldogs
10. Melbourne
11. Essendon
12. Port Adelaide
13. West Coast
14. Sydney
15. Greater Western Sydney
16. Geelong
17. Adelaide
18. Richmond
 

Round two

19. Gold Coast
20. North Melbourne
21. Fremantle
22. Collingwood
23. Hawthorn
24. St Kilda
25. Western Bulldogs
26. Essendon
27. West Coast
28. Sydney
29. Greater Western Sydney
30. Geelong
31. Adelaide
 

Round three

32. Gold Coast
33. Collingwood
34. Hawthorn
35. West Coast
36. Sydney
37. Greater Western Sydney
38. Adelaide

Round four

39. Gold Coast
40. Greater Western Sydney
41. Adelaide - Jackson Edwards father-son

Round five

42. Greater Western Sydney