The AFL are awful at communicating this sort of stuff at the best of times, I guess AFLW draft orders are even less transparent than those in the AFL?The new clubs will still each have a pick at the end of the first round. That's how it worked for the first two expansion phases, no indication from the AFL (at least not yet) that it'll be any different this time.
4 teams were added in the last expansion phase as well.The AFL are awful at communicating this sort of stuff at the best of times, I guess AFLW draft orders are even less transparent than those in the AFL?
I’ve followed what was in the articles that have been posted, I guess if it’s different this time it would be because they’re adding 4 sides at once instead of 2, and they’re expanding to a much bigger league as well so another four picks against the existing teams would be a worse penalty than two.
Yeah heard some things about this being a possibility earlier in the year, bit of a strange way to go about it imo but I guess anything is better than the first wave of expansion. Will be interesting to see how clubs approach this, clubs may be willing to let some of their older stars go in the pursuit of some of those top prospects like Ham, Roberts, Ewings, etc.Looks like depending on expansion signings some of the existing 14 clubs could lose their first round pick if they keep too many of their players.
It’s a complicated points/numbers system but basically points are determined based on age, salary tier, experience and accolades, and if you don’t lose at least 28 points worth of players to expansion then you lose your first round pick.
Then the numbers side of things is that the top 7 existing clubs can lose a maximum of 4 players each (8 in SA/NSW) to expansion, while the bottom 7 sides can lose up to 3 players (6 in SA/NSW).
The top 7 are Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Fremantle, North, Collingwood and the Bulldogs.
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The way it's written up there should be the first eight picks and then another pick each at the end of each round, but we'll find out for sure in about a week.Odd that there's no mention of how the expansion clubs picks will work, a few of the NAB League girls we've managed to speak to through the year seemed to think they'd just get the first 8 picks but surely that's conditional too?
They did say:The way it's written up there should be the first eight picks and then another pick each at the end of each round, but we'll find out for sure in about a week.
But I feel like the expansion clubs should keep the picks. If anything, I'd say the last round of expansion showed they didn't give the new teams enough. Now, it may be that this year is a stronger draft than 2019 and the new teams are better as a result, but I doubt they're going to be particularly good. If they are it will be on the back of as of yet unannounced signings rather than gun draft picks.The final draft order may be affected as a result of the Expansion Signing Period and will be finalised ahead of the 2022 NAB AFLW Draft.