15/04/2024

Patrick Naish, Quinton Narkle and Jed Anderson could all find themselves back on AFL lists for 2023. (Images: West Coast Twitter/Geelong Twitter/North Melbourne Twitter; Design: Will Cuckson)

After some shock delistings at the end of the 2022 season, here are 10 names who could be handed a lifeline in today’s Rookie draft and the Supplemental Selection Period over the summer.

Jed Anderson

When he wasn’t injured, Anderson was one of the Kangaroos’ more consistent performers in 2022. After a delayed start to the season, Anderson got through 14 games averaging 20 touches and four tackles in a barren season for North Melbourne.

He’d do well at a team who needs an experienced head in the midfield who is capable of running defensively. The 28-year-old is a bigger body that offers significant upside for a team that can keep him on the park. He’s been rumoured to be one of the names considered by Gold Coast.

Potential clubs: Essendon, Gold Coast, West Coast

Jarrod Brander

The victim of a Giants poor season, the Giants ranked third last for inside 50s and were bottom six in disposal efficiency. Was only given four games and kicked five goals, was unlucky not to get more games in that team.

At just 23, Brander can fill the void of any club lacking tall forward options for years to come. A former first-round draft pick, years in the AFL system should give him a level of security over lower draft prospects. He also has the running capacity to play on a wing.

Potential clubs: Adelaide, Gold Coast, St Kilda

Riley Collier-Dawkins

Never given an extended run at AFL level, Collier-Dawkins was impressive in the VFL, and was highly rated inside the club until this season. He averaged 15 disposals per game with a contested possession rate of 41 per cent, high for a young midfielder.

A former first-round selection from the famed 2018 ‘super draft’, Collier-Dawkins would do well at any club building a young, developing list, or somewhere that can foster the development of midfielders.

He comes with plenty of upside at only 22 years old. He’s spoken to multiple AFL clubs about a potential spot for next season already.

Potential clubs: Essendon, GWS, Hawthorn

Oleg Markov

A key piece in Gold Coast’s ball movement when playing in recent seasons, he averaged 15.3 disposals and 5.5 marks per game during his time in Queensland.

Only managing 11 games this season, Markov fell victim to Gold Coast’s list concessions ending and the need to cut back list spots.

He brings speed and line-breaking ability to whatever club chooses to take him in. His ability to change the angles in defence to open up lines of attack would help stagnant sides or further improve teams with good movement out of defence.

Matt Rendell believes a few clubs are looking at Markov as defensive depth.

Potential clubs: Collingwood, Sydney, West Coast

Patrick Naish

Was one of West Coast’s best through the first half of the season, averaging 16.7 disposals over his 11 games. He was unsighted after the bye in a strange turn of selection, he looked to be the only Eagles midfielder who cared about getting results.

At 23, he still has lots of time to develop the finer aspects of his game, he’s shown he has the ability to perform at AFL level.

He would fit a club with the need for depth in outside midfielders and wingmen. Naish has spoken to multiple clubs and would be open to time in the WAFL if he isn’t picked up over the summer.

Potential clubs: Carlton, Essendon, Hawthorn

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Quinton Narkle

The unfortunate collateral from Geelong’s incredible trade period, he was already on the outer of the Premiers’ best 23.

Often used as the medical sub, he collected 13.6 disposals on average in the five games he made it onto the field, some of those late in games.

An exciting mid-forward proposition but with a need to increase his running capacity, only averaging 18 disposals in 2021 in just 60 per cent of time on ground.

He would be a good addition to any club with good aerobic development or a club that needs midfield depth. He was rumoured to be training with West Coast over the summer.

Potential clubs: GWS, Richmond, West Coast

Tom Phillips

A consistent wingman over his first six seasons, Phillips found himself out of the Hawthorn side as Sam Mitchell prioritised youth for his rebuild. He averages almost 21 disposals over his career and kicks a goal every two games.

Yet to enter his prime at only 26, still has plenty of potential to offer clubs that need outside run.

He can also add depth to sides looking to contend in the case of injuries as a ready-made replacement. North Melbourne is looking to bring in experienced players through the rookie draft and the Clarkson link could pay off.

Potential clubs: Essendon, Fremantle, North Melbourne

Sydney Stack

Stack played 17 games in his first season at Richmond and hasn’t played over 10 in a season since. He only got on the ground once this season for a disappointing return.

On his day can be a capable pressure forward who loves to tackle but needs to increase his consistency.

He would do well at a team building a pressure forward line, or a club looking to inject youth into the system and doesn’t want the risk of an untried name.

He is still young at 22 so has lots of time to develop and build his game. Michael Ablett thinks Fremantle would be a good fit for Stack.

Potential clubs: Adelaide, Fremantle, Geelong

Liam Stocker

A tireless general defender who has the ability to play on both medium and small forwards, has good ball movement, and looked comfortable with the ball in hand.

He played in the centre in frustratingly short bursts at Carlton and while he didn’t look out of place, new recruits saw him move further and further down the pecking order.

A young player who is still finding his feet at the level and would carry versatility to any club that took the risk. Stocker is a good fit for young sides and would give depth to the defensive stocks of a building club. He looks to have a chance to train with St Kilda over the summer.

Potential clubs: Richmond, St Kilda, Sydney

Alec Waterman

A supplementary selection to the Bombers in 2021, Waterman is a straight-shooting forward who’s been squeezed out of the Essendon team with Sam Weideman coming in.

Waterman kicked 27 goals in 22 games as a medium forward for the Bombers who were one of the lower-scoring sides over the two years.

Waterman can provide an avenue to goal for any side lacking and will help the conversion rate of teams who struggle in front of goal.

It could be a long-shot pick by a contending team to take the risk on Waterman as a depth who can convert goals. Waterman feels he can still perform at the level and has spoken to some clubs early.

Potential clubs: Fremantle, GWS, St Kilda

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