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1996 AFL draft

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The 1996 AFL draft was held at the conclusion of the 1996 Australian Football League (AFL) season. The inaugural rookie draft was held with the 1997 pre-season draft.

The AFL draft is the annual draft of new unsigned players by Australian rules football teams that participate in the main competition of that sport, the Australian Football League.

Clubs receive picks based on the position in which they finish on the ladder during the season, although these picks can be swapped around by teams for trading players.

Trades: club by club


1996 national draft

Pick Player Recruited from Club
1 Michael Gardiner Claremont (WAFL) West Coast
2 Chris Heffernan Geelong (U18) Essendon
3 Rory Hilton Murray (U18) Brisbane Lions
4 Mark Kinnear Calder (U18) Sydney
5 Daniel McAlister Tasmania (U18) Essendon
6 John Rombotis Fitzroy Port Adelaide
7 Bowen Lockwood Geelong (U18) Port Adelaide
8 Leigh Brockman Tasmania (U18) Geelong
9 Mark Harwood Tasmania (U18) Port Adelaide
10 Nathan Brown Bendigo (U18) Western Bulldogs
11 Brent Grgic Geelong (U18) Melbourne
12 Heath Black Oakleigh Chargers Fremantle
13 Tom Gilligan Southern (U18) Adelaide
14 Brett O'Farrell Prahran Dragons Sydney
15 Max Hudghton West Brisbane (AFLQ) St Kilda
16 Pat Steinfort Oakleigh Chargers Richmond
17 Rowan Warfe Fitzroy (U18) Sydney
18 Gerrard Bennett Tasmania (U18) Geelong
19 Brent Tuckey Ballarat (U18) Collingwood
20 Matthew Dent Fitzroy Western Bulldogs
21 Tim Williams East Perth (WAFL) Essendon
22 Alistair Nicholson Claremont Melbourne
23 Evan Hewitt Subiaco (WAFL) North Melbourne
24 Josh Wooden NSW-ACT (U18) West Coast
25 Andrew Bomford Sydney Essendon
26 Tim Notting Ballarat (U18) Brisbane Lions
27 Troy Cook Perth (WAFL) Sydney
28 Jason Johnson Calder (U18) Essendon
29 Nathan Turvey South Fremantle (WAFL) Hawthorn
30 Hayden Lamaro Murray (U18) Melbourne
31 Jess Sinclair Eastern (U18) Fremantle
32 Jim Plunkett Northern (U18) Western Bulldogs
33 Will Sangster Prahran Dragons Sydney
34 Shannon Corcoran Brisbane Sydney
35 Mark Chaffey Caulfield Grammar Richmond
36 Jonathan Hay East Fremantle (WAFL) Hawthorn
37 Adam Kingsley Essendon Port Adelaide
38 Sam Smart Norwood (SANFL) Carlton
39 Nick Stone Claremont (WAFL) West Coast
40 Forfeited due to violation of salary cap regulations - Essendon
41 Matthew Manfield Fitzroy Richmond
42 Martin Pike Fitzroy North Melbourne
43 Paul Corrigan Melbourne Geelong
44 Jacob Rhodes Geelong (U18) Western Bulldogs
45 Clayton Gardiner Claremont (WAFL) Melbourne
46 Matthew Clucas East Fremantle (WAFL) Fremantle
47 Brett Montgomery Footscray Western Bulldogs
48 Marty Warry Fitzroy Collingwood
49 Jason Heatley West Coast St Kilda
50 Luke McCormick NSW-ACT (U18) North Melbourne
51 Robert McMahon Fitzroy Hawthorn
52 Damien Lock Bendigo (U18) Carlton
53 Michael Braun Bendigo (U18) West Coast
54 Mathew Watson Essendon Essendon
55 Steven McKee Myrtelford (VCFL) Richmond
56 Cameron Mooney NSW-ACT (U18) North Melbourne
57 Trent Cummings Fitzroy West Coast
58 Paul Dooley Williamstown (VFL) Western Bulldogs
59 Anthony McDonald Melbourne Melbourne
60 Andrew Eccles Northern (U18) Adelaide
61 Stephen Powell Melbourne Western Bulldogs
62 Andrew Thompson St Kilda St Kilda
63 Jason Baldwin Fitzroy Richmond
64 Darren Collins Port Adelaide Hawthorn
65 Brad Cassidy Fitzroy Collingwood
66 Paul Hills Essendon Essendon
67 Byron Pickett Port Adelaide North Melbourne
68 Russell Robertson Tasmania (U18) Melbourne
69 Chad Rintoul East Fremantle Adelaide
70 Adam Hay East Perth North Melbourne
71 Brett Knowles Gippsland (U18) St Kilda
72 Brent Frewen Fitzroy Richmond
73 Brett Howman NSW-ACT (U18) Hawthorn
74 Chris Jackson NSW-ACT (U18) Carlton
75 Mark Winterton Southern (U18) Melbourne
76 Greg Dempsey West Adelaide Adelaide
77 Marcus Barham Calder (U18) Collingwood
78 Lucas Fleming Northern (U18) St Kilda
79 Daniel Donati Old Xavs (VAFA) Richmond
80 Chris Holcombe Southern (U18) Hawthorn
81 Anthony Franchina Carlton Carlton
82 Duncan O'Toole Devonport Melbourne
83 Ashley Gehling Melbourne Melbourne
84 Josh Mahoney Williamstown (VFL) Collingwood
85 Brad Scott Hawthorn Hawthorn
86 Ben Parker Murray (U18) Adelaide
87 Brad Fuller NSW-ACT (U18) Collingwood
88 Phil Smith West Perth Hawthorn
89 Dwayne Griffin Swan Districts Collingwood
90 Leigh Singline Sth Launceston Collingwood

1997 pre-season draft

Pick Player Recruited from Club
1 Stephen Paxman Fitzroy Port Adelaide
2 Paul Hudson Hawthorn Western Bulldogs
3 Leigh Newton Albury Melbourne
4 Jason Taylor Hawthorn Collingwood
5 Brett Cook Fitzroy St Kilda
6 Brett Evans Springvale Richmond
7 Jon Hassall Collingwood Hawthorn
8 Darren Hulme Southern Stingrays Carlton
9 Matthew Banks Eastern Ranges Essendon
10 John Stevens Old Ivanhoe Grammarians Sydney
11 Brett Chandler Fitzroy North Melbourne
12 Steven Pitt Collingwood Western Bulldogs
13 Robert Pyman Collingwood Melbourne
14 Robert Schaefer Central District Collingwood
15 Brad Campbell Port Melbourne St Kilda
16 Todd Ridley Fremantle Hawthorn
17 Anthony Mellington Fitzroy North Melbourne
18 Shane Woewodin East Fremantle Melbourne
19 Michael R. Gardiner Subiaco Collingwood
20 Nigel Credin Fitzroy Hawthorn

1997 rookie draft


The first AFL rookie draft was held on 25 February 1997. Only players aged between 18 and 23 were eligible to be drafted. Whilst each club could draft up to six players onto their Rookie Lists, only Collingwood, Melbourne and Essendon selected a full complement, whilst Brisbane Lions and St Kilda declined to take part.[1]

Pick Player Recruited from AFL club
1 Jason Dylan Port Adelaide Port Adelaide
2 Adam Contessa North Melbourne reserves Western Bulldogs
3 Nathan Bassett Norwood Melbourne
4 Cameron Venables Subiaco Fremantle
5 Ben Marsh West Adelaide Adelaide
6 Mal Michael Collingwood reserves Collingwood
7 Justin Plapp Burnie Richmond
8 Brad L. Campbell Kyabram Hawthorn
9 Michael Brown Fitzroy reserves Geelong
10 Mark Porter Coburg Carlton
11 Paul Blair Subiaco West Coast
12 Mark Johnson Calder U18 Essendon
13 Pass Brisbane
14 Nathan Tresize Murray U18 Sydney
15 Julian Kirzner Carlton reserves North Melbourne
16 Luke Ottens Glenelg Port Adelaide
17 Jason Lappin Western Bulldogs reserves Western Bulldogs
18 Daniel Ward Fitzroy reserves Melbourne
19 Matthew Richter Claremont Fremantle
20 Steven Coghill West Adelaide Adelaide
21 Andrew Pugsley Eastern U18 Collingwood
22 Jason Ramsey Fitzroy Richmond
23 Pass Hawthorn
24 Shawn Lewfatt Essendon Geelong
25 Pass Carlton
26 Ryan Webb West Perth West Coast
27 Gary Moorcroft Essendon reserves Essendon
28 Pass Brisbane
29 Pass Sydney
30 Bryan Beinke Port Adelaide North Melbourne
31 Pass Port Adelaide
32 Pass Western Bulldogs
33 Matthew Bishop Box Hill Melbourne
34 Rupert Betheras East Perth Fremantle
35 Pass Adelaide
36 Michael Polley Melbourne Collingwood
37 Pass Richmond
38 Pass Hawthorn
39 Pass Geelong
40 Pass Carlton
41 Trent Simpson Subiaco West Coast
42 Andrew Ramsden Old Trinity Essendon
43 Pass Brisbane
44 Pass Sydney
45 Pass North Melbourne
46 Pass Port Adelaide
47 Pass Western Bulldogs
48 Russell Robertson Melbourne Melbourne
49 Scott Gooch Fremantle Fremantle
50 Pass Adelaide
51 Brett Warburton Carlton reserves Collingwood
52 Pass Richmond
53 Pass Hawthorn
54 Pass Geelong
55 Pass Carlton
56 Todd Nener East Perth West Coast
57 Luke Trew Western Bulldogs Essendon
58 Pass Brisbane
59 Steven Mahar Belconnen Sydney
60 Pass North Melbourne
61 Pass Port Adelaide
62 Pass Western Bulldogs
63 Duncan O'Toole Melbourne Melbourne
64 Gavin Milentis Claremont Fremantle
65 Pass Adelaide
66 Peter O'Brien Old Melburnians Collingwood
67 Pass Richmond
68 Pass Hawthorn
69 Pass Geelong
70 Pass Carlton
71 Pass West Coast
72 Andrew Henderson University Blues Essendon
73 Pass Brisbane
74 Leigh Marshall Sydney Sydney
75 Pass North Melbourne
76 Pass Port Adelaide
77 Pass Western Bulldogs
78 James McDonald Old Xaverians Melbourne
79 Pass Fremantle
80 Pass Adelaide
81 Mark Oxley Castlemaine Collingwood
82 Pass Richmond
83 Pass Hawthorn
84 Pass Geelong
85 Pass Carlton
86 Pass West Coast
87 Damien Franken Donvale Essendon
88 Pass Brisbane
89 Adam Ryder Belconnen Sydney
90 Pass North Melbourne

Port Adelaide zone selections


As part of Port Adelaide's entry to the AFL they were entitled to recruit some uncontracted players from other AFL clubs and players from the SANFL prior to the national draft. Clubs that lost players were entitled to compensation selections before both the first and second rounds of the 1996 national draft.

Uncontracted player selection


Zone selections

Player Recruited from
Nathan Eagleton West Adelaide
Tom Harley Norwood
Peter Burgoyne Port Adelaide
Stuart Dew Central District
Fabian Francis Port Adelaide
Josh Francou North Adelaide
Roger James Norwood
Brendon Lade South Adelaide
Darren Mead Port Adelaide
Nathan Steinberner Central District
Warren Tredrea Port Adelaide
Michael Wilson Port Adelaide
Stephen Daniels Norwood
Donald Dickie Norwood
Paul Evans Port Adelaide
Scott Bassett Norwood
Rhett Biglands Woodville-West Torrens
Tom Carr Port Adelaide
Stephen Carter Port Adelaide
Mark Conway Central District
Jarrod Cotton Central District
Nigel Fiegert Port Adelaide
Scott Freeborn Woodville-West Torrens
Jake Lynch Woodville-West Torrens
Scott Mathews Woodville-West Torrens
Andrew Osborn South Adelaide
Darryl Poole Port Adelaide
Damian Squire North Adelaide
Jonathon Yerbury Norwood

Brisbane Lions pre-draft selections


As part of the conditions of the merger between Brisbane Bears and the Fitzroy Football Club, Brisbane was able to recruit up to eight players from Fitzroy into the newly created Brisbane Lions.


  1. ^ Denham, Greg (26 February 1997). "Ex-Don gets new chance via draft". The Age.
  • Lovett, Michael, ed. (2010). AFL Record Season Guide 2010. G. Slattery. pp. 442–444, 471–472. ISBN 978-0-9806274-5-9.