NORTH Melbourne has thrown ex-Saint Farren Ray a lifeline, selecting the 29-year-old with its first pick in Friday's NAB AFL Rookie Draft.
St Kilda delisted the 205-game midfielder and hinted at re-drafted him, but North pounced with pick No.15. It is Ray's third club after being selected by the Bulldogs at No.4 overall in the 2003 draft.
Ray spent five years at the Dogs before being traded to the Saints - along with pick 48 - for St Kilda's pick 31.
The Roos also kept the faith in Majak Daw, selecting the ruckman with pick No.22
Daw, who is currently in court on three counts of rape, was delisted by the Kangaroos prior to the October list lodgement date but the club made it clear it would select him as a rookie.
The North big man has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The alleged incident took place in 2007 when he was 16.
Daw, who was originally selected by the Roos with pick No.9 in the 2010 rookie draft, and then elevated to the senior list in 2012, has played 16 games for the club.
Carlton used the No.1 pick to recruit tall defender Jesse Glass-McCosker, continuing their draft strategy of focussing on key-position players.
Essendon recruited Sudanese ruckman Geach Nyon with their first selection at No.4 and ruck-forward Albiol Chol went to Richmond at pick 30.
As expected, Collingwood also kept Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas, who are serving anti-doping bans.
Unlike Tuesday's drawn-out national draft, the rookie selections took just 18 minutes as clubs lodged their selections electronically.
There was no pre-season draft, with all eligible clubs deciding not to take part.