2021 AFL Mid-Season Draft
By Jevan Collins
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic a lot of things were taken away such as the AFL mid-season draft in 2020. But that all changed last night when the mid-season draft returned for the first time since 2019.
22 men out of 300 plus men who nominated for the mid-season draft were taken last night including 5 West Australia’s, All the picks that were used last night were based on the ladder positions in 2021 and if any player on that teams list had been put on the in active list to play again in season 2021.
St Kilda had the most picks on the night with four, but only used two to take ruck man Max Heath and forward Cooper Sherman. North Melbourne had the number one pick and took Jacob Edwards, Gold Coast also boosted their ruck stocks with Ned Moyles.
Collingwood took the 1300th AFL/VFL player from Halls Creek by taking Ashley Johnson from Sturt, but there was not much love for the delisted players from last year the only player that was taken that was delisted was Matthew Parker from South Fremantle who was taken at pick 10 by Richmond. Parker has already been compared to Marlion Pickett who was taken in the mid-season draft in 2019 by Richmond who was the first player to debut in a grand final in 67 years, Pickett was also from the same WAFL club as Parker.
The Eagles were the only West Australian club to have a pick in the mid-season draft after Fremantle decided not to have a selection because they felt they should give players already on the list a chance to play in the senior side. The Eagles selected defender Will Collins from Swan Districts at pick 11 and to everybody’s surprise midfielder Connor West from West Perth at pick 22, Everybody originally thought the Eagles were going to take troubled star Jarred Garlett who was added to the Eagles WAFL team last weekend. But decided to go with west after averaging 25 disposals in the WAFL.