Several players previously delisted and not selected in the recent drafts have found new homes under the newly created supplemental selection period (SSP). The SSP period runs from December 1 to March 15, allowing clubs to sign delisted or retired players as replacements for players on their lists who suffer season or career ending injuries.
One who is benefiting is ruckman Shane Mumford. Mumford retired at the end of 2017 due to foot problems. He remained with the Giants as a part time ruck coach but decided to come out of retirement and has signed once more with GWS. Mumford, 32, had access to the club's medical staff and rehab facilities which helped with his recovery. As as the season progressed, it became apparent that a return to playing was possible. The year off from playing also helped. Mumford began his career with Geelong in 2008 where he played 21 games in two seasons before being traded to Sydney. He was a member of the Swans' 2012 premiership side and played 79 games 2010-2013 before being traded to the Giants.
Delisted Bulldog ruckman Tom Campbell has been signed by North Melbourne. With Preuss being traded to Melbourne, the Kangaroos believe Campbell, 27, can provide support to Todd Goldstein. Campbell debuted for the Bulldogs in 2012 and played 42 games. The Kangaroos also have developing ruckman Tristan Xerri who was drafted in 2017 and has yet to debut. He will work closely with Goldstein and Campbell to help his development.
Ex-Docker Zac Clarke has signed a one year deal with Essendon under the SSP rule. Clarke, 28, played for 11 seasons with Fremantle and was delisted at the end of 2017. He spent 2018 with Subiaco in the WAFL, helping the club to the 2018 WAFL premiership. Originally from Melbourne, Claris is excited about a return home.
The trio follow Keegan Brooksby (West Coast, delisted by Gold Coast 2017), Mav Weller (Richmond, delisted by St Kilda 2018) and Corey Wagner (Melbourne, delisted by North Melbourne 2017).
Six clubs - Greater Western Sydney, Melbourne, Carlton, Western Bulldogs, Richmond and Gold Coast - have list spots remaining to be filled before the SSP closure.
Sources, Club Media Releases - Natalie MacGregor (Essendon), Karla Zanardo (North Melbourne),
Alison Zell (GWS), afl.com.au, AFL Record Season Guides
Article last changed on Sunday, December 09, 2018 - 4:27 PM EST