2007 AFL draft

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The 2007 Australian Football League draft consisted of four opportunities for player acquisitions during the 2007/08 Australian Football League off-season. These were trade week, the national draft, which was held on 24 November 2007,[1] the pre-season draft and the rookie draft.

Player movements[edit]

Trades[edit]

Player Original club New club Traded for
Martin Mattner Adelaide Sydney draft pick #28
John Meesen Adelaide Melbourne draft pick #37
Chris Judd and draft pick #46 West Coast Carlton Josh Kennedy, draft picks #3 and #20
Josh Kennedy, draft picks #3 and #20 Carlton West Coast Chris Judd and draft pick #46
Cameron Wood Brisbane Lions Collingwood draft pick #14
Travis Johnstone Melbourne Brisbane Lions draft pick #14
Brad Moran Kangaroos Adelaide draft pick #37
Brad Symes Port Adelaide Adelaide draft pick #28
Jordan McMahon Western Bulldogs Richmond draft pick #19
Henry Playfair Geelong Sydney draft pick #44
Adam Schneider Sydney St Kilda draft pick #26
Sean Dempster Sydney St Kilda draft pick #26
Mitch Morton West Coast Richmond draft pick #35
Steven King Geelong St Kilda draft pick #90
Charlie Gardiner Geelong St Kilda draft pick #90
Ben Hudson and draft pick #43 Adelaide Western Bulldogs draft picks #30 & #38
Tim Callan and draft pick #66 Geelong Western Bulldogs draft pick #62
Ben Davies Collingwood Kangaroos draft pick #96
Sam Power Western Bulldogs Kangaroos draft pick #48
Richard Hadley Brisbane Lions Carlton draft pick #52

Additionally, the Western Bulldogs traded draft pick 22 to the West Coast Eagles for draft picks 30 and 35, with no player involved in the trade. This was the first year that clubs were allowed to trade picks without the trade involving a player.

Retirements and delistings[edit]

The 2007 AFL season is notable for the unusually large number of players who retired, particularly senior and "champion" players.

Name Club Date Retired Reason
Jonathan Hay Kangaroos 22 February Contractual problems resulting from bi-polar issues.[2]
Darren Gaspar Richmond 4 May To help Richmond's younger players and go for a youth policy.[3]
Brett Montgomery Western Bulldogs 25 May Disk bulge in neck.[4]
Rhys Archard Adelaide 29 July Return to family in rural Victoria.[5]
Luke Darcy Western Bulldogs 30 July Frustrated and angry at game due to knee injuries.[6]
Anthony Koutoufides Carlton 31 July Hip injury; had already planned to retire at the end of the season.[7]
Mark Ricciuto Adelaide 16 August Body could no longer cope with AFL football.[8]
Matthew Robbins Western Bulldogs 24 August Struggled throughout the year despite having a ripping 2006 season.[9]
Josh Mahoney Port Adelaide 24 August Unable to hold down a regular position.[10]
Troy Cook Fremantle 24 August It seemed the right time for him to leave the game.[11]
Shane Parker Fremantle 24 August Was always going to struggle to play the year out and there was no way he could continue.[11]
Chris Scott Brisbane Lions 25 August Injury.[12]
Ray Hall Richmond 28 August Serious hip injury that had sidelined him for the entire 2007 season.[13]
Trent Knobel Richmond 28 August Persistent ankle injury.[13]
Kent Kingsley Richmond 28 August Injury.[13]
Darryl Wakelin Port Adelaide 29 August Struggled with injury.[14]
Matthew Lappin Carlton 29 August To help his club focus on playing younger players.[15]
Nathan Brown Melbourne 29 August Ready to start the next chapter of his life.[16]
Clint Bizzell Melbourne 29 August Right time to do so.[16]
Byron Pickett Melbourne 31 August Waning passion for the game.[17]
Chris Johnson Brisbane Lions 31 August Decided to leave the game – he was the last ever Fitzroy player in the AFL.[18]
Andrew Thompson St Kilda 1 September Right time to do so.[19]
Matthew Clarke St Kilda 1 September One year contract expired; he decided to leave the game.[20]
James Hird Essendon 1 September Right time to do so.
Josh Wooden West Coast 5 September Nagging hip injury.[21]
Richie Vandenberg Hawthorn 6 September Due to a troublesome back injury, his body could not cope any more.[22]
Brett Voss St Kilda 18 September Made the most of his time as an AFL footballer.[23]
Ben Dixon Hawthorn 19 September Inability of his body to prepare well enough for senior football.[24]
Rowan Jones West Coast 19 September Right time to do so.[25]
Glenn Archer Kangaroos 22 September Right time to do so.[26]
James Clement Collingwood 23 September Family health; right time to do so.[27]
Joel Smith Hawthorn 25 September Thought the time was right, it was time to move on.[28]
Kasey Green Kangaroos 26 September Wanted to move back to Perth.[29]
Chris Heffernan Essendon 2 October His opportunities to play senior football beyond 2007 were limited.[30]
Scott Camporeale Essendon 2 October Injury.[31]
Chris Grant Western Bulldogs 2 October Injury and right time to do so.[32]
Aaron Hamill St Kilda 2 October Injury and right time to do so; he felt it was in the best interest of the club moving forward.[33]
Mark Bolton Essendon 3 October Had been struggling to make the starting 22 in 2007 and recognised the right time to do so.[34]
Nathan Buckley Collingwood 5 October Chronic hamstring injuries had curtailed his ability to remain fit for selection.[35]
Paul Licuria Collingwood 5 October Battled injury and form problems this season.[36]
Nathan Ablett Geelong 5 October Ending career after winning 2007 Premiership.[36]
Justin Longmuir Fremantle 31 October Chronic knee injury.[37]
Stephen Doyle Sydney 31 October Series of knee injuries.[38]
Lance Whitnall Carlton 12 November Knee injury.[39]
Player Club Date
Craig Flint[40] Carlton 6 September 2007
Dylan McLaren[40] Carlton 6 September 2007
Anthony Raso[40] Carlton 6 September 2007
David Teague[40] Carlton 6 September 2007
Ross Young[40] Carlton 6 September 2007
Simon Godfrey[41] Melbourne 11 September 2007
Daniel Hayes (rookie)[41] Melbourne 11 September 2007
Shane Neaves (rookie)[41] Melbourne 11 September 2007
Heath Neville[41] Melbourne 11 September 2007
Daniel Ward[41] Melbourne 11 September 2007
Travis Baird[42] Western Bulldogs 12 September 2007
Cameron Faulkner[42] Western Bulldogs 12 September 2007
Damian McCormack[42] Western Bulldogs 12 September 2007
Marty Pask (rookie)[42] Western Bulldogs 12 September 2007
Tim Walsh[42] Western Bulldogs 12 September 2007
Michael West (rookie)[42] Western Bulldogs 12 September 2007
Marcus Allan[43] Brisbane Lions 22 September 2007
Ben Fixter[43] Brisbane Lions 22 September 2007
Ben Hughes (rookie)[44][45] Kangaroos 26 September 2007
Tim Hutchison (rookie)[44][45] Kangaroos 26 September 2007
Daniel McConnell[44][45] Kangaroos 26 September 2007
Callum Urch[44][45] Kangaroos 26 September 2007
Djaran Whyman[44][45] Kangaroos 26 September 2007
Phillip Raymond[46][47] St Kilda 4 October 2007
Justin Sweeney[46][47] St Kilda 4 October 2007
Matthew Bode[48] Adelaide 12 October 2007
John Hinge[48] Adelaide 12 October 2007
Ian Perrie[48] Adelaide 12 October 2007
Darren Pfeiffer[48] Adelaide 12 October 2007
Jason Torney[48] Adelaide 12 October 2007
Richard Cole[49] Essendon 12 October 2007
Lance Whitnall[50] Carlton 12 October 2007
Mark Johnson[51] Essendon 15 October 2007
Kepler Bradley[51] Essendon 15 October 2007
Lachlan McKinnon (rookie)[51] Essendon 15 October 2007
Ryan Ferguson[52] Melbourne 15 October 2007
Matthew Little[53] Hawthorn 16 October 2007
Josh Thurgood[53] Hawthorn 16 October 2007
Matthew Davis (rookie)[54] Sydney 17 October 2007
Simon Phillips[54] Sydney 17 October 2007
Earl Shaw (rookie)[54] Sydney 17 October 2007
Jonathan Simpkin[54] Sydney 17 October 2007
Luke Vogels[54] Sydney 17 October 2007
Barry Brooks[47] St Kilda 17 October 2007
Fergus Watts[47] St Kilda 17 October 2007
Ben Cousins[55] [note 1] West Coast 17 October 2007
Todd Grima (rookie)[56] Geelong 18 October 2007
Joel Reynolds (rookie)[56] Geelong 18 October 2007
Sam Hunt[56] Geelong 18 October 2007
Stephen Owen[56] Geelong 18 October 2007
Matthew Spencer[56] Geelong 18 October 2007
Patrick Bowden[57][58] Richmond 22 October 2007
Tasman Clingan (rookie)[58] Richmond 22 October 2007
Brent Hartigan[57][58] Richmond 22 October 2007
Andrew Krakouer[57][58] Richmond 22 October 2007
Clayton Collard[58] Fremantle 22 October 2007
Ryley Dunn[58] Fremantle 22 October 2007
Robert Haddrill[58] Fremantle 22 October 2007
Calib Mourish[58] Fremantle 22 October 2007
James Walker Fremantle 22 October 2007
David Trotter[45] Kangaroos 23 October 2007
Ashley Sampi[59] West Coast 30 October 2007
Daniel Chick[60] West Coast 31 October 2007
Guy Richards[60] Collingwood 31 October 2007
Nathan Batsanis (rookie)[61] Port Adelaide 16 November 2007
Peter Hardy (rookie)[61] Port Adelaide 16 November 2007
Alex Lee (rookie)[61] Port Adelaide 16 November 2007
Ryan Willits[61] Port Adelaide 16 November 2007

2007 national draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Recruited from League Club
Priority 1 Matthew Kreuzer Northern Knights TAC Cup Carlton
1 2 Trent Cotchin Northern Knights TAC Cup Richmond
1 3 Chris Masten East Fremantle WAFL West Coast
1 4 Cale Morton Claremont WAFL Melbourne
1 5 Jarrad Grant Dandenong Stingrays TAC Cup Western Bulldogs
1 6 David Myers Perth WAFL Essendon
1 7 Rhys Palmer East Fremantle WAFL Fremantle
1 8 Lachlan Henderson Geelong Falcons TAC Cup Brisbane Lions
1 9 Ben McEvoy Murray Bushrangers TAC Cup St Kilda
1 10 Patrick Dangerfield Geelong Falcons TAC Cup Adelaide
1 11 Patrick Veszpremi Northern Knights TAC Cup Sydney
1 12 Cyril Rioli St Mary's NTFL Hawthorn
1 13 Brad Ebert Port Adelaide Magpies SANFL West Coast
1 14 Jack Grimes Northern Knights TAC Cup Melbourne
1 15 Robbie Tarrant Bendigo Pioneers TAC Cup Kangaroos
1 16 Matthew Lobbe Eastern Ranges TAC Cup Port Adelaide
1 17 Harry Taylor East Fremantle WAFL Geelong
Priority 18 Alex Rance Swan Districts WAFL Richmond
2 19 Callan Ward Western Jets TAC Cup Western Bulldogs
2 20 Tony Notte Swan Districts WAFL West Coast
2 21 Addam Maric Calder Cannons TAC Cup Melbourne
2 22 Scott Selwood Bendigo Pioneers TAC Cup West Coast
2 23 Tayte Pears East Perth WAFL Essendon
2 24 Clayton Hinkley North Ballarat Rebels TAC Cup Fremantle
2 25 Tom Collier Tassie Mariners TAC Cup Brisbane Lions
2 26 Brett Meredith Northern Knights TAC Cup Sydney
2 27 Andy Otten Oakleigh Chargers TAC Cup Adelaide
2 28 Marlon Motlop Wanderers NTFL Port Adelaide
2 29 Brendan Whitecross Zillmere QAFL Hawthorn
2 30 Jarrhan Jacky Subiaco WAFL Adelaide
2 31 John McCarthy Dandenong Stingrays TAC Cup Collingwood
2 32 Levi Greenwood Port Adelaide Magpies SANFL Kangaroos
2 33 Matthew Westhoff Central District SANFL Port Adelaide
2 34 Dawson Simpson Murray Bushrangers TAC Cup Geelong
3 35 Sam Reid Zillmere QAFL Western Bulldogs
3 36 Steven Browne West Perth WAFL Carlton
3 37 Scott Thompson Geelong VFL Kangaroos
3 38 Myke Cook Sandringham Dragons TAC Cup Adelaide
3 F/S 39 Darcy Daniher Calder Cannons TAC Cup Essendon
3 40 Chris Mayne Perth WAFL Fremantle
3 41 James Polkinghorne Calder Cannons TAC Cup Brisbane Lions
3 42 Jack Steven Geelong Falcons TAC Cup St Kilda
3 43 Easton Wood Camperdown/Geelong Grammar School HFNL Western Bulldogs
3 44 Scott Simpson Dandenong Stingrays TAC Cup Geelong
3 45 Stuart Dew Port Adelaide AFL Hawthorn
3 46 Dennis Armfield Swan Districts WAFL Carlton
3 47 Toby Thoolen Bendigo Pioneers TAC Cup Collingwood
3 48 Jarrad Boumann Dandenong Stingrays TAC Cup Western Bulldogs
3 49 Mitchell Farmer Calder Cannons TAC Cup Port Adelaide
3 50 Dan McKenna Gippsland Power TAC Cup Geelong
4 51 Dean Putt Calder Cannons TAC Cup Richmond
4 52 Bradd Dalziell East Fremantle WAFL Brisbane Lions
4 53 Kyle Cheney North Ballarat Rebels TAC Cup Melbourne
4 54 Cale Hooker East Fremantle WAFL Essendon
4 55 Mark Johnson Essendon AFL Fremantle
4 56 Matt Austin North Ballarat Rebels TAC Cup Brisbane Lions
4 57 Fraser Gehrig St Kilda(ret.) AFL St Kilda
4 58 Tony Armstrong NSW/ACT Rams/Calder Cannons TAC Cup Adelaide
4 59 Craig Bird NSW/ACT Rams/Nelson Bay TAC Cup Sydney
4 F/S 60 Adam Donohue Geelong Falcons TAC Cup Geelong
4 F/S 61 Jaxson Barham Geelong Falcons TAC Cup Collingwood
4 62 Josh Smith West Perth WAFL Kangaroos
4 63 Guy O'Keefe Geelong Falcons TAC Cup Western Bulldogs
5 64 Pass Richmond
5 65 Pass Carlton
5 66 Tom McNamara South Adelaide SANFL Melbourne
5 67 Pass Western Bulldogs
5 68 Pass Essendon
5 69 Kepler Bradley Essendon AFL Fremantle
5 70 Eljay Connors Bendigo Pioneers TAC Cup St Kilda
5 71 Aaron Kite Calder Cannons TAC Cup Adelaide
5 72 Blake Grima Kangaroos AFL Kangaroos
6 73 Pass Melbourne
6 74 Jason D'urso Essendon
6 (NSW SP) 75 Taylor Walker NSW/ACT Rams/North Broken Hill TAC Cup Adelaide

2008 pre-season draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Recruited from League Club
1 1 David Gourdis Subiaco WAFL Richmond
1 2 Darren Pfeiffer Adelaide AFL Carlton
1 3 Stefan Martin Sandringham VFL Melbourne
1 4 Scott Welsh Adelaide AFL Western Bulldogs
1 5 John Williams Morningside QAFL Essendon
1 6 Joshua Head South Fremantle WAFL Fremantle
1 7 Patrick McGinnity Claremont WAFL West Coast
1 8 Tom Bellchambers Launceston NTFL (Tas) Essendon

2008 rookie draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Recruited from Club
1 1 Clayton Collard Fremantle Richmond
1 2 Aaron Joseph Tassie Mariners Carlton
1 3 Trent Zomer Eastern Ranges Melbourne
1 4 James Mulligan Southport Western Bulldogs
1 5 Rhys Magin Zillmere Essendon
1 6 Brent Connelly Gippsland Power Fremantle
1 7 Phil Smith Calder Cannons Brisbane Lions
1 8 Glenn Chivers Oakleigh Chargers St Kilda
1 9 James Moss Central District Adelaide
1 10 Matthew O'Dwyer Sydney Sydney
1 11 Hugh Sandilands Oakleigh Chargers Hawthorn
1 12 Lewis Stevenson Claremont West Coast
1 13 Luke Casey-Leigh Sandringham Dragons Collingwood
1 14 Nathan Grima Central District Kangaroos
1 15 Nick Salter Woodville-West Torrens Port Adelaide
1 16 Brodie Moles Tasmania Geelong
2 17 Jarrod Silvester Coburg Tigers Richmond
2 18 Lachlan Hill Oakleigh Chargers Carlton
2 19 Austin Wonaeamirri St Mary's Football Club Melbourne
2 20 Henry White North Adelaide Western Bulldogs
2 21 Jarrod Atkinson Bendigo Bombers Essendon
2 22 Luke Pratt Swan Districts Fremantle
2 23 Pat Garner Brisbane Lions Brisbane Lions
2 24 Luke Miles Swan Districts St Kilda
2 25 Jared Petrenko Woodville-West Torrens Adelaide
2 26 Brendan Murphy County Carlow (Gaelic football) Sydney
2 27 Timothy Walsh Port Adelaide Magpies Hawthorn
2 28 Ashley Arrowsmith Calder Cannons West Coast
2 29 Kevin Dyas County Armagh (Gaelic football) Collingwood
2 30 Cruize Garlett Perth Kangaroos
2 31 Daniel Boyle Murray Bushrangers Port Adelaide
2 32 Jeremy Laidler Calder Cannons Geelong
3 33 Tristan Cartledge Essendon Richmond
3 34 David Ellard Swan Districts Carlton
3 35 Jake Spencer Redland Bombers Melbourne
3 36 John Shaw Sandringham Dragons Western Bulldogs
3 37 Calib Mourish Fremantle Fremantle
3 38 Pearce Hanley County Mayo (Gaelic football) Brisbane Lions
3 39 Andrew McQualter St Kilda St Kilda
3 40 Ed Curnow Geelong Falcons Adelaide
3 41 Jake Orreal Unregistered Sydney
3 42 Alex Grima Tassie Mariners Hawthorn
3 43 Will Sullivan Western Jets West Coast
3 44 Alan Obst Adelaide Kangaroos
3 45 Ryan Willits Port Adelaide Port Adelaide
3 46 Chris Kangars Geelong Falcons Geelong
4 47 Cameron Howat Richmond Richmond
4 48 Michael Shields County Cork (Gaelic football) Carlton
4 49 Shane Valenti Sandringham Zebras Melbourne
4 50 Ryley Dunn Fremantle Fremantle
4 51 Khan Haretuku UNSW Eastern Suburbs St Kilda
4 52 Brodie Martin Sturt Adelaide
4 53 Matthew Beckmans Turvey Park Sydney
4 54 Cameron Stokes Darwin Hawthorn
4 55 Callum Wilson South Fremantle West Coast
4 56 Michael Wundke North Adelaide Kangaroos
4 57 Shane Mumford Geelong (VFL) Geelong
5 58 Aaron Bruce Eastlake Sydney
5 59 Beau Wilkes West Coast West Coast
5 60 James Wilsen St George Kangaroos
6 61 Dean Terlich Murray Bushrangers Sydney
6 62 Ryan Davis North Shore Bombers West Coast

Draft firsts[edit]

This draft has been the first ever draft where elevated NSW scholarship players (Taylor Walker, Craig Bird, Ryan Davis, James Wilsen, Khan Haretuku) were drafted to their respective clubs by the draft under the rule, clubs must give up their last selection in either rookie or senior draft in order to draft that elevated scholarship player.

Selections by league[edit]

National and Pre-season draft selection totals by leagues:

League Players
selected
State
TAC Cup 40 VIC
WAFL 18 WA
SANFL 4 SA
QAFL 3 QLD
VFL 2 VIC
NTFL 2 NT
HFNL 1 VIC

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ben Cousins was sacked by the West Coast after he was arrested on drug charges.[55]

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