District footballers nominate for mid-season draft

Two Colac Tigers are among four footballers from the Colac district who have nominated for the AFL’s first mid-season draft since 1993.

Colac Tigers footballer Cooper Stephens, pictured during last year’s VFL finals series with Williamstown, is among four Colac district footballers who have nominated for the AFL’s mid-season draft. PHOTO: Martin Keep.

Three-hundred-and-eight footballers have nominated for the league’s first mid-season draft, enabling clubs to fill vacancies on their lists, such as long-term injuries or retirement.

Among the nominations are Colac Tigers young guns and VFL-listed Campbell Floyd and Cooper Stephens, former Tiger and Werribee VFL ruckman Jack Berry, and Cobden export and Peel Thunder WAFL player Jackson Merrett.

Players recruited during the mid-season draft, which is on May 27, will earn a contract for the remainder of the season, though they will have the option of negotiating terms for an extension at any period throughout the year.

New Colac Tigers co-coach Rowan McSparron said Floyd and Stephens had both impressed him since he arrived at the Geelong Football League club, boasting attributes that could appeal to AFL clubs.

Floyd, 22, earned a spot in Geelong’s VFL leadership group in his fourth year at the club, following a breakout season in 2018, averaging 14.5 disposals at 79-per-cent efficiency in 15 games for the Cats, who finished the home-and-away season in third spot.

Stephens, 19, co-captained the Geelong Falcons to a TAC Cup premiership in 2017, and is in his second year on Williamstown’s VFL list.

Rebounding defender Floyd and midfielder-forward Stephens have been on AFL clubs’ radars since graduating from the former TAC Cup competition, but have been overlooked in recent years.

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