THE NAB AFL WOMEN’S Draft is just around the corner, with Melbourne in prime position to add some young talent to its list.
The Demons made plenty of moves during the AFLW Sign and Trade Period, executing a well-thought-out plan to secure some big draft picks, with the third selection of the Victorian Draft being the most prominent.
They also locked in a second first-rounder of Victoria’s pool in pick nine, as well as the first selection of the second round (No.11). Picks No.24, 27 and 30 rounds out their draft hand for this year.
And having put itself in a strong position for Tuesday night’s event, it looms as an important night for the club.
“We’re really excited about the talent that we can add to our list at this year’s Draft,” AFLW List Manager Todd Patterson told Melbourne Media.
“After attacking the Sign and Trade Period, we have set ourselves up to add some quality young players, which we believe will really take our list to the next level.
“This year’s pool is strong than ever before. We have seen the impact young talent can have, and we’re confident that our selections will help us remain a contender in the short term and for years to come.”
Taking a virtual approach in 2020, the Draft event will see clubs dialling into a central location to make their selections, before news is shared with the public through a live broadcast show.
The action will kick off at 7pm, with fans able to watch through a stream on womens.afl, as well as through the AFLW Official App and the AFLW’S Official Facebook page. Melbourne’s digital channels will have extensive coverage throughout the night.
With the competition not yet being full-time, players nominate for the state in which they want to be drafted, to prevent any forced moves across the country. If a player is not selected during the Draft, clubs can approach players with an offer afterwards.
Clubs can also pass on selections on Draft night.