2009 AFL draft
The 2009 AFL draft consisted of four opportunities for player acquisitions during the 2009/10 Australian Football League off-season. These were the trade week (held between 5 October and 9 October), the national draft (held on 26 November), the pre-season draft (15 December) and the rookie draft (15 December).
In the lead up to the trade week many high profile players such as Brendan Fevola, Darren Jolly, Shaun Burgoyne, Luke Ball, Barry Hall, Andrew Lovett and Josh Gibson either requested to be traded or were suggested to be likely to be traded during the AFL's annual trading period. Of these players, only Luke Ball was unable to secure a trade by the end of the week.
Trade week was significantly more active than the previous year. Four trades involving seven players, including a three-team, four-player trade, were completed on the first day of the trade week alone, compared to only six players traded in the entire 2008 trade week. Overall, twenty-three players changed clubs (the most since the 2003 trade week), and twenty-five draft picks were traded. Of the sixteen active clubs, only the Adelaide Crows did not make a trade.
The Fevola trade
The most widely anticipated trade during trade week was that of Carlton full forward and incumbent Coleman medallist Brendan Fevola. Carlton announced its intentions to trade the 28-year-old Fevola after his drunken behaviour at the 2009 Brownlow Medal Count, which served as the last straw in a long rap sheet of off-field indiscretions while at the club.
The Brisbane Lions emerged as the likely destination. Brisbane initially offered 31-year-old full forward Daniel Bradshaw and 23-year-old midfielder Michael Rischitelli in the trade. Both players were flown to Melbourne to tour Carlton's facilities, but Rischitelli was not willing to relocate. On the final day of trade week, Brisbane agreed to give Carlton 19-year-old key position prospect Lachlan Henderson and a first round draft pick, in exchange for Fevola, a second-round draft pick, and for Carlton to pay $100,000 of Fevola's salary for each of the two years remaining on his existing contract.
Although considered reasonable at the time, the trade is now widely viewed as a complete disaster for the Brisbane Lions, because all players involved in the trade negotiations had left the club within eighteen months. Shortly after trade, Bradshaw walked out on the Lions, and was recruited to the Sydney Swans in the pre-season draft – either because his feelings were hurt by being offered to trade, or because Fevola's recruitment would have limited Bradshaw's own opportunities in the Lions' forward-line. Rischitelli left the club at the end of 2010, after signing a contract with the fledgling Gold Coast Football Club; some in the media speculated that he was also disgruntled about being offered in the Fevola trade, but this has never been confirmed. Finally, prior to the 2011 season, Brisbane sacked Fevola after further off-field incidents during the 2010/11 offseason.
List of trades
|Trade||Player tradedNote 1||Original club||New club||Traded for|
|1||Josh Gibson and draft pick No. 69||North Melbourne||Hawthorn||Draft picks No. 25 and 41|
|2||Andrew Raines||Richmond||Brisbane Lions||Draft pick No. 44|
|3||Brock McLean||Melbourne||Carlton||Draft pick No. 11|
|4||Brent Staker and draft pick No. 39
|Brisbane Lions||Bradd Dalziell
Draft pick No. 28
|Mark Seaby and draft pick No. 55
Draft pick No. 28
Draft picks No. 22 and 118
Draft picks No. 22 and 118
|West Coast||Brent Staker and draft pick No. 39
Mark Seaby and draft pick No. 55
|5||Barry Hall||Sydney||Western Bulldogs||Draft pick No. 47|
|6||Andrew Lovett||Essendon||St Kilda||Draft pick No. 16|
|7Note 2||Draft pick No. 47||Sydney||Brisbane Lions||Draft pick No. 39|
|8||Brett Peake||Fremantle||St Kilda||Draft pick No. 48|
|9||Jay Schulz||Richmond||Port Adelaide||Mitchell Farmer and draft pick No. 71|
|10||Xavier Clarke||St Kilda||Brisbane Lions||Draft pick No. 60|
|11||Darren Jolly||Sydney||Collingwood||Draft picks No. 14 and 46|
|12||Shane Mumford||Geelong||Sydney||Draft pick No. 28|
|13||Ben McGlynn and Josh P. Kennedy||Hawthorn||Sydney||Draft picks No. 39, 46 and 70|
|14||Shaun Burgoyne||Port Adelaide||Hawthorn||Mark Williams and draft pick No. 9|
|Jay Nash and draft pick No. 16
Draft pick No. 9
Draft pick No. 97
|Port Adelaide||Shaun Burgoyne and draft picks No. 24, 40 and 56|
Draft pick No. 24
Draft pick No. 33
|Essendon||Jay Nash, draft picks No. 16 and 42|
|Draft picks No. 40 and 56
Draft pick No. 42
|Geelong||Draft picks No. 33 and 97|
|15||Marcus Drum||Fremantle||Geelong||Draft pick No. 49|
|16||Brendan Fevola and draft pick No. 27||Carlton||Brisbane Lions||Lachlan Henderson and draft pick No. 12|
|17Note 3||Draft pick No. 58||Essendon||Hawthorn||Draft pick No. 89|
Source:AFL Trade Tracker
- 1.^ The numbering of the draft picks in this trades table is based on the original order prior to draft day. The final numbering of many of these draft picks was adjusted on draft day due to clubs passing in the later rounds.
- 2.^ Although lodged as a separate trade, this exchange of draft picks is effectively part of the three-team trade amongst Sydney, Brisbane and West Coast (trade No. 4).
- 3.^ Although lodged as a separate trade, this exchange of draft picks is effectively part of the four-team trade amongst Hawthorn, Essendon, Port Adelaide and Geelong (trade No. 14).
2009 national draft
The 2009 national draft was held on 26 November, a Thursday evening, rather than the Saturday morning timeslot that has been used in the past years. For the first time, the top ten selections will be made prior to the telecast, and unveiled in a countdown manner from ten to one, rather than the usual counting up method.
Melbourne finished the 2009 AFL season in last position and as they had won fewer than 5 games during each previous two seasons, they have the first two selections in the draft. Despite much discussion concerning tanking during the season, no other club qualified for a priority pick.
In the lead up to the draft, it was widely tipped that Tom Scully and Jack Trengove would be Melbourne's first two selections. The destination of former St Kilda captain Luke Ball was also subject to much debate, with Collingwood being the likely club after failing to secure a trade for him during the October trade week.
2010 pre-season draft
|1||1||Joel Macdonald||Brisbane Lions||AFL||Melbourne|
|1||2||Dylan Grimes||Northern Knights||TAC Cup||Richmond|
|1||4||Daniel Bradshaw||Brisbane Lions||AFL||Sydney|
|1||5||Ryan Neates||Claremont||WAFL||West Coast|
|1||6||Scott Harding||Brisbane Lions||AFL||Port Adelaide|
|1||7||Kyle Hardingham||East Fremantle||WAFL||Essendon|
2010 rookie draft
The 2010 rookie draft was held on Tuesday 15 December, immediately after the pre-season draft. Unlike the national draft, it is an online meeting using Microsoft Office Live Meeting software. The rookie draft rules allow each club to have up to eight rookies, and for the first time allowed clubs to retain rookies for a third year and be able to draft two mature age rookies, without the restriction that they must not have been previously listed by an AFL club. The Gold Coast Football Club was allocated the first five selections, despite the new club only competing in the Victorian Football League for the 2010 season, before entering the AFL for the 2011 season.
Selections by league
National and pre-season draft selection totals by leagues:
- AFL Draft Key Dates
- trade week - what's in the wind (5 October 2009)
- Brodie, Will (5 October 2009)trade week off to flyer
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- Quayle, Emma (9 October 2009) Swans' offer too generous for young Cat
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- AFL Draft date made TV friendly; The Age
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- First 13 picks in draft decided
- Capel, Andrew (26 November 2009). "Jack Trengrove and Tom Scully in dark over AFL draft order". Herald Sun (News Corp). Retrieved 25 November 2009.
- Rielly, Stephen (26 November 2009). "Luke Ball will not be playing for St Kilda next year, but tonight his future will become clearer at the AFL draft". The Australian. Archived from the original on 19 October 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
- Rookie changes to help Eagles
- Draft to throw up plenty of surprises