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Close but no cigar: Players who missed out

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BLAINE Boekhorst and Tom Ruggles headline a number of unlucky players not to receive a reprieve in Monday's NAB AFL Rookie Draft. 

After being delisted by the Blues at the end of October, Boekhorst – who played 25 matches in three seasons for the Blues – was overlooked despite training with the club ahead of the November drafts. 

Boekhorst, 24, was originally drafted by Carlton with pick No.19 in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft.

Carlton decided to select Cam O'Shea in the pre-season draft while they handed former Gold Coast midfielder Matt Shaw a lifeline by selecting him with pick No.3 in the rookie draft. 

Having committed to re-rookie young defender Matthew Hayball, the Cats opted to pick up veteran forward Stewart Crameri and thus eliminating tough defender Ruggles from contention.

Cats list manager Stephen Wells confirmed Geelong had considered putting Ruggles, 25, on its rookie list.

"It would be nice to give everyone an opportunity we really like but unfortunately we just can't have them all and we had to make that decision today in consultation with the coaches," Wells told

Former Docker Sam Collins and ex-Roo Will Fordham, who were both training with St Kilda, were also overlooked by clubs in this year's rookie draft. 


Young Eagle Tom Lamb, another to train with the Saints, did not receive another opportunity, while former Lion Michael Close, who had attracted some interest, and ex-North forward Corey Wagner were others not getting a look in.

Other former players to miss out include Lachlan Hansen (North Melbourne), Ben Howlett (Essendon), Mitch Brown (West Coast/St Kevin's), Jackson Ramsay (Collingwood) and Mitch Hallahan (Gold Coast). 

In one of the feel-good stories of the rookie draft, the Swans gave luckless defender Alex Johnson, who has overcome five knee reconstructions, another chance, however delisted rookie forward Sam Fisher missed out.

In all, there were six 'recycled' players who earned another opportunity while 10 players were re-listed by their existing clubs.