I think he'd be a good choice for Richmond. They've lost a lot of depth and in Mav they have a mature, experienced player who can come in and play a role when needed. When fit he's athletic, quick and hunts the opposition like a madman. I don't think his ankle was ever given time to heal at St Kilda though. We just kept playing him when he was clearly struggling to run.
The AFL announced on Tuesday morning Wagner had withdrawn his nomination for this year's NAB AFL Draft, along with Maverick Weller and Keegan Brooksby, to take advantage of the AFL's new rookie rule.
Former Sun and Saint Weller will seek to reignite his career at Richmond after being delisted by St Kilda at the end of the 2018 season, while ex-Gold Coast ruckman Brooksby will get a second chance with reigning premier West Coast after impressing in the SANFL with South Adelaide.
Players who were previously listed and then cut or who have spent a year out of the AFL since retirement or delisting themselves no longer have to enter the draft to find their way to a new club.
A team cannot re-sign a player in the SPP the same year it delisted him unless he is overlooked in the drafts, such as in the case of Jacob Townsend at Richmond.
Players can't sign or train with a club until the SPP opens.
Richmond will recruit former St Kilda midfielder Mav Weller in the AFL’s new Pre-Season Supplemental Selection Period (SSP).
Weller withdrew his nomination from the 2018 National AFL Draft, allowing Richmond to commit to recruiting him when the selection period opens on December 1. Weller cannot train with the Tigers until this time.
Richmond General Manager – Football, Neil Balme said the Club is pleased to recruit the seasoned midfielder.
“We think Mav will fit into our team and our football program really well,” Balme said.
“We’ve been really impressed by him, and at only 26 years of age, he has plenty of football ahead of him.”
Originally hailing from Burnie in Tasmania, Weller has played 121 AFL games and kicked 58 goals in his eight seasons of league football.
He was recruited to the Gold Coast Suns as a 17-year-old selection, playing 32 games for the Suns from 2011-13, before moving to St Kilda at the end of 2013, where he played 89 AFL games.