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The rookie draft is a chance for the ‘non-drafted’ or unfortunate players to prove their worth and hope to become a good AFL player. Many have failed, and ended up getting delisted at seasons end, and some have become a success story like our Danyle Pearce or the Crow’s Ben Rutten and Nathan Bock. I remember being rapt with every single rookie we picked last year through, but it ended up being that 3 out of the 4 got delisted… so IMO the rookie draft isn’t really much of a big deal.

Here are the players picked up for this year:
#15 – Nick Salter, 191cm, 94kg, Key Forward, Woodville West Torrens
A key forward who played for the Eagles in the SANFL, but can also play as a key defender. This year, he put a lot of effort into playing footy and had a good year and also seemed to train well for the Power. Word flying around is that he was ‘undecided’ in playing AFL again by the end of 2006, but got talked into it and was told to do extra work, which payed off giving him a good 2007 season. I don’t know much about him, but like people say “the harder you work, the more luckier you get” which in his case, he needs to continue working hard to retain his rookie spot or get promoted into the senior list.

#31 – Daniel Boyle, 184 cm, 84 kg, Midfielder / Half-Back, Murray Bushrangers
From the pictures I’ve seen of him, he looks like he’s good to go in AFL and doesn’t need time to develop his body. A hard at it type player, who uses the ball well and has a nice kick. Is he related to Hawthorn’s Tim Boyle?? I have no idea… Good luck to him, hopefully he has a good season.

#45 – Ryan Willits, 198 cm, 99 kg, Key Forward / Key Defender / Ruckman??, Port Adelaide Power
Was taken by us with a reasonably early draft pick and delisted a few weeks ago. Has spent 3 years with the Power, and hasn’t shown much improvement or anything inspirational. I was shocked when Ryan was delisted and one of the Power fans who still had hope for him. I happy for what he showed when he played his 3 AFL games in 2006, but since then he hasn’t shown much (maybe because he transferred to the worst SANFL club and couldn’t get good ball deliveries to him). Now that he knows that this is his last chance with the Power and to be in the AFL, he will work his arse off.

NSW Scholarship player – Jordan Johns, 184 cm, 69 kg, Tall Midfielder
A tall and skinny midfield prospect with good hands and speed…. that’s all I can say about him. The Power’s last NSW Scholarship didn’t turn out too well, so hopefully he can do better;

Obviously, if none of our rookie players turn out a good footballer, then it’s no biggie… it’s only a rookie pick šŸ™‚ If we can get at least one player retained on the rookie list or evaluated into the senior list, then the Power have drafted well.


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