Jackson Mead is a step closer to finding himself in Port Adelaide colours next season
JACKSON Mead is a step closer to following in his dad’s footsteps at Port Adelaide after the Power officially nominated him as a father-son selection.
Under AFL rules, clubs with eligible father-son picks for this year’s NAB AFL Draft had to notify the AFL by Thursday.
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The paperwork does not guarantee the Power will select Mead, but it gives the club the option of matching or leaving a bid for the midfielder/half-forward.
Mead is the son of former Power player Darren, who won the club’s inaugural best and fairest in 1997 and played 122 games for the club.
He is expected to attract a bid somewhere in the second round of the draft, but could also drift into the early 30s, which would be the ideal result for the Power, who hold picks 12, 18 and 29 as their early selections.
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Mead is a smart player who won All Australian honours after a consistent carnival for South Australia, and was picked as a forward.
He is clever around goal and also able to collect disposals through the midfield.
He would be the Power’s second father-son selection in their history, following Brett Ebert, who was drafted in 2002 and went on to play 166 games for the club before retiring in 2012.
Mead is likely to be one of only two father-son players picked in the national draft, alongside Finn Maginness, who can join the Hawks.
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