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Ex-Saint Parker taken by Tigers in draft

Former high-flying St Kilda ahead Matt Parker has been thrown an AFL lifeline by reigning premiers Richmond.

Parker was picked by the Tigers in Wednesday evening’s AFL’s mid-season rookie draft, after being reduce by the Saints on the finish of 2020.

The 25-year-old performed 19 video games at St Kilda, together with 17 in 2019, however simply two final yr because the Saints made finals for the primary time since 2011.

Parker has been enjoying in Western Australia with South Fremantle this yr.

Richmond’s decide within the 2019 mid-season draft, Marlion Pickett, was additionally plucked from the identical WAFL membership and has performed within the Tigers’ final two premierships.

However different former AFL gamers Tyson Stengle (Richmond, Adelaide) and Nathan Freeman (Collingwood, St Kilda) missed out on choice.

Cellar-dwellers North Melbourne bolstered their key place shares by taking 202 cm ruck-forward Jacob Edwards from NAB League membership Sandringham Dragons with the highest decide within the draft.

The 18-year-old was neglected in final yr’s nationwide draft however has been touted as a possible mid-season recruit for a while, though he’s nonetheless finishing high-school.

“(Tuesday evening) I had a Zoom name with North and (coach) David Noble and was fortunate sufficient to say the nice needs that they may decide me up,” Edwards informed AFL Media.

“These final couple of months have been fairly loopy, all these media calls and folks texting me nevertheless it’s one thing I’ve obtained a deal with on now.”

Numerous golf equipment secured tall depth within the draft, with Gold Coast managing to fill the place of key ruckman Jarrod Witts, who’s out for the remainder of the season after rupturing his ACL, with Ned Moyle.

Carlton (Alex Mirkov), Sydney (Lachlan McAndrew) and Brisbane Lions (Kalin Lane) additionally picked up ruckmen.

AFL MID-SEASON DRAFT

1. Jacob Edwards (North Melbourne)

2. Jai Newcombe (Hawthorn)

3. Ashley Johnson (Collingwood)

4. Patrick Parnell (Adelaide)

5. Ned Moyle (Gold Coast)

6. Alex Mirkov (Carlton)

7. Max Heath (St Kilda)

8. James Peatling (GWS)

9. Sam Durham (Essendon)

10. Matthew Parker (Richmond)

11. Will Collins (West Coast)

12. Lachlan McAndrew (Sydney)

13. Jed McEntee (Port Adelaide)

14. Kalin Lane (Brisbane Lions)

15. Kye Declase (Melbourne)

16. Charlie Ham (North Melbourne)

17. Jackson Callow (Hawthorn)

18. Aiden Begg (Collingwood)

19. Cross (Gold Coast)

20. Jordan Boyd (Carlton)

21. Cooper Sharman (St Kilda)

22. Cross (Essendon)

23. Connor West (West Coast)

24. Daniel Turner (Melbourne)

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