Over 60 players nominated for the mid-season draft, but only 18 were selected. It most likely would have been less except for several sudden retirements and mounting injuries since the season began. When the AFL announced their plan for this draft, only a handful of clubs actually were eligible to participate, but as the weeks progressed, all but four clubs were eligible. Below are the selections. While there are a few former AFL players, most were selected from lower leagues for their first crack at AFL level.
1. Carlton - Josh Deluca, midfielder, Subiaco, originally drafted by Fremantle in 2014, managed just four games before being delisted at the end of 2017.
2. Gold Coast Suns - Mitch Riordan, midfielder, Dandenong Stingrays, overlooked in the 2018 draft due to an injury ravaged season, turned his fortunes around this year.
3. Melbourne - Kyle Dunkley, midfielder, Gippsland Power, son of former Sydney defender Andrew and brother of Bulldog Josh, overlooked in the 2018 draft but has played two games for Footscray in the VFL.
4. Sydney Swans - Michael Knoll, ruckman, South Adelaide
Formerly with the Box Hill Hawks in the VFL, Knoll has been with South Adelaide this year. Fills the ruck void left by the retirement of Kurt Tippett and Sam Naismith who is out for the year with a knee injury.
5. North Melbourne - Lachlan Hosie, forward, Glenelg
Hosie, 22, stands 6'1" and will provide another tall target up forward. He is good in the air and at ground level and has kicked 21 goals in eight games for Glenelg.
6. Western Bulldogs - Ryan Gardner, forward, Footscray
Originally selected by Geelong in the 2015 draft, he spent three years with the Cats without playing a senior game but was durable playing for the Cats' VFL team where he played 52 games. Joined VFL team Footscray this year after the Cats delisted him.
7. Essendon - Will Snelling, midfielder, West Adelaide
Originally drafted by Port Adelaide as a rookie in 2016, he played just one game and was delisted at the end of 2018. Captained South Australia's under-18 team and was a member of West Adelaide's 2015 SANFL premiership side.
8. St Kilda - Jack Mayo, forward, Subiaco
The 6'3" Mayo has been impressive. kicking 50 goals for the WAFL Colts (junior team) last year and has been in good form for Subiaco this year. A spot opened to allow the Saints to select Mayo when they placed Paddy McCartin on the inactive list due to ongoing concussion issues for which McCartin is undergoing treatment. He suffered the concussion (the eighth of his career) during a preseason game and has been ruled out for the year.
9. Port Adelaide - Cam Sutcliffe, utility, Port Adelaide (SANFL)
With Jake Patmore out for the season after rupturing his ACL, Port had spot open on their list and went for Cam Sutcliffe. Sutcliffe, 27, was drafted by Fremantle in 2011 and played 104 games for the Dockers before being delisted at the end of 2018.
10. Hawthorn - Pass
11. Fremantle - Dillon O’Reilly, key forward, East Fremantle
O’Reilly, 19, is a 6'2" versatile key position player. He has played four games with East Fremantle. He also kicked 48 goals in 17 games with the Colts team in 2017. He also represented WA at the U-18 championships in 2018, where he took the equal most contested marks of any player and led the goalkicking for WA. He is the son of former Fremantle player and current board member Stephen O’Reilly, who played 98 games for Freo from 1995 to 1999 and won the Doig Medal in 1996. If Dillon makes his debut, they would become the first father-son pair for the Dockers.
12. Adelaide Crows - Pass
13. Richmond - Marlion Pickett, midfielder, South Fremantle
Pickett, 27, has won South Fremantle's best and fairest award twice and was excellent during the WAFL finals series last year. In just his second game this year, he suffered a broken index finger and could be sidelined for several weeks.
14. Collingwood - John Noble, midfielder, West Adelaide
The Pies have created a place for Noble on their rookie list by placing veteran defender Lynden Dunn (knee) on their inactive list, while Daniel Wells has been moved to the long-term injury list after injuring his knee against Sydney in Round 10. Jack Madgen, who was elevated from the rookie list to the senior list so he could play against the Swans, will stay on the senior list.
15. Gold Coast Suns - Pass
16. Sydney Swans - Cody Hirst, midfielder, Eastern Ranges
Hirst, 19, has excellent speed and can play in a forward pocket or as rebounding defender. He was considered as a draft prospect in 2018 before knee and collarbone injuries sidelined him for most the season. He impressed at the draft combine when he twice broke the agility record of Docker speedster Stephen Hill.
17. Western Bulldogs - Pass
18. Essendon - Pass
In early May, Collingwood also announced the signing of former basketball player Tom Wilson as a Category B Rookie. Wilson, a talented athlete, chose basketball when he was 16, going on to to represent the country in the Under-17 and Under-19 World Championships as well as joining the Australian Boomers team. He also played basketball in the USA and Serbia. Upon returning to Australia, he joined the Sydney Kings. Wilson, 21, decided earlier this year to return to Australian football. Before crossing to basketball, he played for Vic Metro in the 2013 U-16 tournament.
Sources: Club Media Releases - Karla Zanardo (NM), Loukas Fouten (PA), Luke Morfesse FRE), Meagan Lechucki (COL), collingwoodfc.com,au, essendonfc.com,au, goldcoastfc.com.au, melbournefc.com.au, richmondfc.com.au, portadelaidefc.com.au, sydneyswans.com.au, westernbulldogs.com.au, afl.com.au, AFL Record Season Guides
Article last changed on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 11:06 AM EDT