Opinion Why are interstate clubs not drafting Victorians in the first round in 2020?

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Peel67skin

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The Lions just draft talent they’re last 2 first drafted players have been from Queensland and Western Australia
Contract extension is a big problem if interstate clubs draft too many Vic Kids , Witherden is a great example of overpaying.
 

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Contract extension is a big problem if interstate clubs draft too many Vic Kids , Witherden is a great example of overpaying.
Witherden wasn’t about overpaying it was more about he’s work effort and not wanting to work for his position in the side
 

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When Vic Metro kids do leave non Vic clubs it is generally because they've got offers from Big 4 Vic clubs, with all the $$$ and exposure that comes from that.

This is because footy was invented in Victoria and remains the centre of gravity of the sport.
 

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When Vic Metro kids do leave non Vic clubs it is generally because they've got offers from Big 4 Vic clubs, with all the $$$ and exposure that comes from that.

This is because footy was invented in Victoria and remains the centre of gravity of the sport.
Does that not demonstrate a failure by the AFL over the last 30 years to put in place a truly national comp?
 

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Does that not demonstrate a failure by the AFL over the last 30 years to put in place a truly national comp?
It’s not as though they haven’t tried in QLD or NSW.

The majority of draftees each year still come from Victoria, so it’s not a surprise they tend to come back when given the chance given the number of teams here and the lure of ‘home’.

Brisbane have made inroads on that front, as have Sydney. The SA and WA sides also seem to hold on to players reasonably well even when they’re not playing well.
 

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It’s not as though they haven’t tried in QLD or NSW.

The majority of draftees each year still come from Victoria, so it’s not a surprise they tend to come back when given the chance given the number of teams here and the lure of ‘home’.

Brisbane have made inroads on that front, as have Sydney. The SA and WA sides also seem to hold on to players reasonably well even when they’re not playing well.



The relevant comment I was replying to is:

This is because footy was invented in Victoria and remains the centre of gravity of the sport.
Its about the national influence oh the AFL administration with an impotent AFL Commission.
 

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Adelaide avoided Vic players like the plague, though their retention of interstate players has been pretty dismal as of recent years. Other than that it felt like clubs were just going best available. Though with Adelaide it was quite obvious they were steering away from interstate players.
 

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Adelaide avoided Vic players like the plague, though their retention of interstate players has been pretty dismal as of recent years. Other than that it felt like clubs were just going best available. Though with Adelaide it was quite obvious they were steering away from interstate players.
Freo and West Coast drafted predominantly local as well.
 

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Freo and West Coast drafted predominantly local as well.
WA & SA had their local leagues up and running in 2020. Victoria had no local league footy.

Exposed form versus no games / form. You don’t need to be Einstein to work out the best option for recruiting.
 

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WA & SA had their local leagues up and running in 2020. Victoria had no local league footy.

Exposed form versus no games / form. You don’t need to be Einstein to work out the best option for recruiting.
Safest ... We'll know in the 2025 season.
 

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WA & SA had their local leagues up and running in 2020. Victoria had no local league footy.

Exposed form versus no games / form. You don’t need to be Einstein to work out the best option for recruiting.
You’d have to demonstrate that the Vic clubs preferrenced drafting WA and SA kids over Vic kids, and a cursory look at each of the Vic clubs picks doesn’t really bare that out.

Especially when you look at specific examples, such as Geelong trading up the draft a Vic kid who really wasn’t on any draft watchers top 25 to 30.

Melbourne’s 3 picks all being local (to the point all 3 kids game from the two NAB league teams closest to them). The third kid is a real boom or bust type prospect.

St Kilda’s first pick was similar to Melbourne’s third pick.

With the Vic clubs, it also looks like quite a few preferrenced local kids over interstate kids as well.

While the percentage of Vic kids to non Vic kids drafted this year moved away from the normal percentages, I’d say that was mostly impacted at the back end of the draft, with fewer marginal prospective Vic kids drafted due to the lack of exposed form.
 

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