Blues, Roos eye Coburg forward for mid-season spot

Provided they have a list position open, clubs will pick in reverse ladder order on the night.

Carlton (15th) and North (17th) both have 1-5 records through six rounds, and will square off at Marvel Stadium on Sunday. Unless either side makes an expected rise up the ladder, both would have early selections at the mid-season draft.

The Blues signed Michael Gibbons and Matthew Cottrell in the pre-season supplemental selection period to fill a pre-existing list vacancy as well as one created by the serious knee injury suffered by Sam Docherty.

But Carlton still have a list spot open, created by Tomas Bugg’s pre-season retirement.

The Blues posted their first triple-figure total in nearly three seasons last week against the Western Bulldogs and looked reasonably potent against Hawthorn on Sunday, however another goalkicker could prove useful.

North also have one vacancy as it stands, with a spot opened by the season-ending knee injury sustained by Ed Vickers-Willis against Fremantle in round one.

Only Gold Coast and Melbourne have scored fewer points through six rounds than the Kangaroos, who have been unable to post regular winning totals as spearhead Ben Brown battles indifferent form.

Mid-season draft nominations opened on Monday, with players able to nominate until Friday. AFL clubs will receive a list of nominated players next Monday and have until the following Wednesday to lodge a list of three players for medical testing with the AFL. The testing will be conducted on May 22, a fortnight before the draft.

Clubs will be able to retain any player picked up in the mid-season draft as per standard rookie rules.

To be eligible for the mid-season draft a player must have nominated for last year’s national draft or previously been on an AFL list.

One player agent said on Monday that he expected clubs to take the chance to land 19-year-olds who missed out on being drafted last year rather than grabbing ready-made players.




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