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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: Josh Browne of WA Gold in action  during the Western Australia AFL Draft All Stars game 2 between WA Black and WA Gold at Medibank Oval on October 17, 2020 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

This year’s unluckiest draftees

There were 83 new players to find homes in this year’s drafts, but plenty missed out. Our footy writers and AFL draft guru Kevin Sheehan have identified some of those unfortunate ones.

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MELBOURNE.  15/11/2021. AFL Under 18 Draft Combine at Trevor Barker Oval, Sandringham.   Charlie Dean poses for a portrait after training    ..
  .  Photo by Michael Klein.

Diary of a (Rookie) Draft kid

Linda Pearce spoke to Charlie Dean before, during and after the emotional journey of being picked by Collingwood in the AFL Rookie Draft.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 21: Levi Casboult of the Blues takes a mark during the round 23 AFL match between Carlton Blues and Greater Western Sydney Giants at Marvel Stadium on August 21, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Casboult agrees to vaccination rules

The AFL does not have an official vaccine holdout in the men’s competition with Levi Casboult having received his first shot ahead of his rookie-listing.

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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Jason Horne-Francis poses during the NAB AFL Draft Media Opportunity at Adelaide Oval on November 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Who won the 2021 AFL draft?

Every club walks away happy from the 2021 AFL Draft. But who were the real winners? See all your club’s picks, our expert verdict and have your say.

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MELBOURNE, NOVEMBER 24, 2021: (Back L-R) Ben Hobbs of the Bombers, Finn Callaghan of the Giants, Mac Andrew of the Suns, Sam Darcy of the Bulldogs, Josh Gibcus of the Tigers, Nick Daicos of the Magpies (Front L-R) Josh Ward of the Hawks, Campbell Chesser of the Eagles, Josh Rachele of the Crows and Josh Sinn of the Power. 2021 NAB AFL Draft at the London Tavern Hotel, Richmond. Picture: Mark Stewart

Every pick: Who your club drafted in the top 20

Sliders. A Giant shock. Bizarre delays. Father-son dreams. Mac Andrew’s history-making feat. The top 20 of the AFL Draft had it all. Recap every pick and all the action of the draft’s first night.

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AFL dropout Arryn Sippos is realising his dream in the NFL.

From St Kilda to playing against Tom Brady

With his AFL career over at 22, Arryn Siposs settled into the idea of teaching and playing lower-grade footy. But a punt on college gridiron catapulted him into the big time for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Leek Alleer is excited for the upcoming AFL draft

Leaping beyond Nic Nat and a moment of fear

Leek Aleer’s mother brought her children to Australia for a better life. Between his degree and smashing an AFL draft combine record, he’s on the brink of his shot at a flourishing future.

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AFL Phantom Draft Top 30 2021

Phantom Draft: How the top 30 picks may fall

We’ve assessed the talent, now it’s time to find out who could land where in the first round of the AFL Draft. Our experts have gathered plenty of intel and a surprise pick may shape everything.

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Perth - September 10 2021: AFL Preliminary Final . Melbourne vs Geelong at Optus Stadium, Perth.   Max Gawn of the Demons breaks away from Sam Menegola of the Cats before snapping a goal during the 2nd qtr.      . Photo by Michael Klein

Gawn warns of AFL Covid crackdown

AFL players have been enjoying the same freedoms as other Victorians, but that could be about to come to an end according to Melbourne’s premiership skipper.