Congratulations to the six new AFL Draftees!
We look forward to watching you debut for your new teams and wish you all the very best of luck in your football careers.
Callum Coleman-Jones – Selection #20 – Richmond FC
A 200cm forward/ruck from the Unley Jets, Coleman-Jones was one of the best contested marks in the draft pool and is very good at ground level for a big man. He completed Year 12 at Scotch College this year and played U18s and Reserves football when not tied up with college commitments. He won All-Australian U18 selection in 2017 but unfortunately was sidelined with a knee injury post National Championships.
Charlie Ballard – Selection #42 – Gold Coast FC
Ballard was a late developer as he grew 15cm in the last 2 years taking him to 195cm in height. He mainly played as a tall wingman in season 2017 but is also very capable when playing in defence or as a key forward. Ballard completed Year 12 at Sacred Heart College in 2017 and hails locally from the Mitcham Hawks.
Jordan Houlahan – Selection #49 – Essendon FC
Houlahan is a skilful medium forward originally from Mt Barker FC who has an excellent vertical jump and kicked a perfect score in the AFL Combine kicking test this year. Recruiters liked the x-factor that Houlahan brings as well as his high marking ability.
Mitch Crowden – Selection #59 – Fremantle FC
A strong inside mid with a penetrating left foot kick Crowden hails from the Meadows Football Club and managed to play some League football as well as in the U18s and Reserves premierships in 2017. Crowden tested strongly at the State Draft Combine in all areas and he displays excellent leadership qualities and a strong work-ethic.
Brandon Zerk-Thatcher – Selection #66 – Essendon FC
Zerk-Thatcher is a 195cm tall defender who started his career at Sturt as a ruck/forward. He has an excellent vertical leap and is very competitive in the contest. Zerk-Thatcher is from Murray Bridge and played for the Imperials Football Club. He is still maturing physically and has tremendous upside which will come as he develops a stronger body. He was a key member of the Reserves premiership side in 2017.
Patrick Wilson – Selection #17 Rookie Draft – Adelaide FC
Wilson is a strong bodied midfielder who was named in the 2017 SANFL team of the year. He is a 22 year old contested ball winner with a penetrating right foot kick. Wilson missed most of the 2016 season due to a shoulder injury but after a strong 2017 campaign culminating in a League Premiership he is physically ready to step straight into the AFL.