Why the AFL draft isn’t working, writes Jake Niall


This time 12 months ago, North Melbourne was overjoyed to have Jason Horne-Francis at pick one. Today, he’s a Port Adelaide player, sprinting out of Arden Street despite a contract.

On Monday and Tuesday night, experts will declare particular clubs have “done really well” and improved their lists with judicious choices.

Mitch Szybowski, Will Ashcroft and Elijah Tsatas are all set to join AFL clubs in the upcoming draft.

Mitch Szybowski, Will Ashcroft and Elijah Tsatas are all set to join AFL clubs in the upcoming draft.Credit:AFL Photos

But recent events – and the continuing trend of players choosing their clubs, irrespective of age or contracts – mean that the draft may not prove a…



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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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