AT THE conclusion of the first day of the 2023 AFL National Draft, Melbourne has welcomed two new players to its ranks.

Caleb Windsor and Koltyn Tholstrup joined the club via pick No.7 and No.13. during the first round of the draft. 

Melbourne’s National Recruiting Manager Jason Taylor said he was pleased with how the night had played out, with the club securing two players that will add plenty to the Demons’ list.

“We’re certainly very happy,” Taylor told Melbourne Media.

“It’s a good result to be able to bring both those boys to the footy club and it couldn’t have panned out any better.”


Windsor was the first to join the red and blue, coming across to the Dees from the Eastern Ranges as a wingman with goal-kicking flare.

“He’s quite fast and covers a lot of ground as well, so it’s that speed and endurance combination,” Taylor said.

“He really carries the ball and is a goal-kicker, so adds a bit of class.

“We’re just rapt and we think he can really grow into an outstanding athlete and is someone who we really wanted to add to our football club.”

Tholstrup was the second and final player to make it to the Demons on night one, the WA-based forward set to bring strength and personality to Melbourne’s line-up.

“He’s a great character and a powerful medium-forward,” Taylor said.

“We’ve got no doubt that he can, at some point in his career, go through the midfield [as well].

“He’s going to add some real quality, both as a person and as a player…we can’t wait to get him down.”