NORTH Melbourne has pulled off another draft stunner, naming former Tiger Connor Menadue in the NAB AFL Rookie Draft.
Fresh off surprising the football world with its third selection in the national draft when it jumped on midfielder Will Phillips, the Roos backed up again by calling Menadue's name.
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As previously flagged, Port Adelaide grabbed former Collingwood premiership player Tyson Goldsack as a rookie, while Richmond 2017 flag hero Jacob Townsend - who has also been a Giant and a Bomber - is now a Sun.
A total of 26 players were added to club lists in the Rookie Draft, including 12 new draftees, while 10 players were rookied by their AFL clubs after being previously delisted from their senior list.
Jackson Hately, who walked out on Greater Western Sydney at the end of this season, was the only player called in the Pre-Season Draft, joining Adelaide after the Giants and the Crows had previously been unable to settle on a trade.
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Goldsack retired at the end of 2019 and had planned to play with Port in the SANFL this year, but the club's reserves team withdrew from the competition due to COVID-19 factors.
The defender is expected to line up in the SANFL to help the Power develop their young players.
"We think we'll be pretty young in the SANFL this year and a mature player like Tyson will help those guys with on-field leadership and development," Power recruiting manager Geoff Parker said.
The Power also snared Taj Schofield, the son of premiership midfielder Jarrad, as a father-son rookie selection.
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In a curious twist, former Carlton No.1 draft pick Bryce Gibbs was taken with Adelaide's top pick in the rookie draft, with the retired Crows player drafted for administrative reasons.
"It's more of an administrative thing for Bryce to come on now under AFL rules, TPP," Adelaide recruiting manager Hamish Ogilvie said.
"He will come on now and then in the new year he will go back off the list and retire, as he already had retired. And that will free up a spot for the SSP period."
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|Order||Club||Player Name||Player Club||Draft State|
|1||Adelaide Crows||Bryce Gibbs||Adelaide Crows||South Australia|
|2||North Melbourne||Patrick Walker||North Hobart Football Club||Tasmania|
|3||Sydney Swans||Malachy Carruthers||Sturt||South Australia|
|4||Hawthorn||Jack Saunders||Norwood||South Australia|
|5||Gold Coast Suns||Jacob Townsend||Not Applicable||Victoria|
|7||Fremantle Dockers||Joshua Treacy||Bendigo Pioneers||Victoria|
|8||Carlton||Luke Parks||Glenelg||New South Wales|
|9||GWS GIANTS||Samuel Reid||GWS Giants||New South Wales|
|11||Western Bulldogs||Lachlan Mcneil||Eagles||South Australia|
|12||West Coast Eagles||Zane Trew||Swan Districts||Western Australia|
|13||Collingwood||Jack Ginnivan||Bendigo Pioneers||Victoria|
|15||Brisbane Lions||Grant Birchall||Brisbane Lions||Queensland|
|16||Port Adelaide||Tyson Goldsack||Port Adelaide||South Australia|
|18||North Melbourne||Connor Menadue||Werribee Football Club||Victoria|
|20||Gold Coast Suns||Jack Hombsch||Gold Coast Suns||Queensland|
|22||Fremantle Dockers||Bailey Banfield||Fremantle||Western Australia|
|24||GWS GIANTS||Zachary Sproule||GWS Giants||New South Wales|
|26||Western Bulldogs||Roarke Smith||Western Bulldogs||Victoria|
|27||West Coast Eagles||Daniel Venables||West Coast Eagles||Western Australia|
|28||Collingwood||Isaac Chugg||Launceston Football Club||Tasmania|
|33||Gold Coast Suns||Jordan Murdoch||Not Applicable||Queensland|
|37||Port Adelaide||Taj Schofield||Eagles||South Australia|
|38||Gold Coast Suns||Aiden Fyfe||Broadbeach||Queensland|
|40||Gold Coast Suns||Rhys Nicholls||Labrador||Queensland|