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2021 NAB AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft

Legend Coach

The AFL wishes to advise Clubs were this week notified the 2021 NAB AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft will be conducted at the conclusion of Round 11 of the 2021 Toyota AFL Premiership Season, on the evening of Wednesday June 2, 2021.
NAB AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft (Wednesday, 2 June 2021) 

Please note the following:

  • For Clubs to participate, they must have an available Rookie list spot by 5:00pm AEST on Tuesday June 1, 2021.
    Please note: If an AFL-listed player suffers a year ending injury or retires, the player can be placed on the Inactive List and be replaced by a Mid-Season Rookie Draft (MSRD) Player.
  • Clubs that choose to participate in the NAB AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft will select in reverse ladder order set at the conclusion of Round 11.
  • Eligible players can nominate for the Mid-Season Rookie Draft from 9:00am AEST Monday May 10, 2021 – 5:00pm AEST Tuesday May 25, 2021.

Eligible players include:

  • A Player who nominated for the most recent NAB AFL National Draft.
    Please note: A Player who nominated for and was not selected during the Draft and who committed for a further year as a 19-year-old Northern or NGA Academy Player is available to all Clubs should they nominate for the NAB AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft.
  • A Player who has previously been on the list of a Club (not required to nominate for the most recent Draft) refers to the following situations:

    A Delisted Player
    Please note: A Player delisted by a Club cannot be reselected in the NAB AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft by the same Club in the period immediately following their delisting unless they nominated for the most recent Draft.

    A Retired Player and/or a Player who has delisted himself and has not been on an AFL List for one year or more. For example, a player who retired in 2020 is not able to be selected in the 2021 NAB AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft. 

Any player who does not meet the above criteria can be nominated by a representative of the AFL Talent Pathway, their AFLPA accredited agent or the player themselves and be considered for an exemption. For the avoidance of doubt, a player in their 18th year or younger will not be eligible for an exemption.
State League Participation:
Players who are selected in the 2021 Mid-Season Rookie Draft that stay in their original State are subject to the following:

  • They will not be permitted to play against their original Club unless otherwise agreed by all parties.
  • The player has the right to return to their original Club to participate in finals if their service is no longer required at their AFL Club.


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