Mitch Hibberd, Ben Crocker and Ben Keays all found new homes in the rookie draft
ADELAIDE’S dramatic list refurbishment has seen the Crows recruit two discards from rival clubs in the NAB AFL Rookie Draft who fit their new youth movement.
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Former Lions midfielder Ben Keays and ex-Magpies forward Ben Crocker, who both turn 23 in February, were Adelaide’s only two rookie selections on Friday morning.
Keays was the No.24 selection in the 2015 draft as an Academy selection but scattered only 30 games across his four years at Brisbane, while Crocker made 26 appearances for Collingwood.
However, national recruiting manager Hamish Ogilvie has already foreshadowed the Crows inviting prospective prospects to train with them this summer to win the last list spot.
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They flushed out veteran talent in trades, free agency, retirement and delistings, including Eddie Betts, Richard Douglas, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Hugh Greenwood, Sam Jacobs, Josh Jenkins, Alex Keath and Andy Otten.
Rounding out the rookie draft’s recycled trio was Mitch Hibberd, who returns to AFL ranks with Essendon after an impressive season for VFL powerhouse Williamstown.
Hibberd played four games for North Melbourne in 2017 but was delisted last year before reinventing himself as a hard-running inside midfielder this year – averaging almost 25 disposals.
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