Sydney Swans recruiting guru Kinnear Beatson says his club's recruiting strategy drove the decision to overlook Josh Dunkley â€“ son of former Swans veteran Andrew â€“ in this year's NAB AFL Draft.Andrew Dunkley played 217 games for the Swans, and Josh had nominated the Swans as his club of choice under the AFL's father-son rule, but when the Western Bulldogs made a bid for the teenager with pick No.25, Beatson opted not to match it.The move surprised some but Beatson told AFL.com.au that although the decision was hard, the Swans' needs came first.
Selection No. 3 - Callum Mills (Matching Melbourne's bid)"We're really pleased to be able to get Callum, we rate him so highly. The footy that he played for our reserves team in the NEAFL has been terrific. We think he's an elite talent and has really strong leadership potential." â€“ recruiting manager Kinnear BeatsonSelection No. 51 â€“ Tyrone Leonardis"A left-footed wingman with a nice burst of speed, who can cut out of traffic and has a really good kick into the forward 50." â€“ Kinnear BeatsonSelection No. 56 â€“ Jordan Dawson"Jordan is a medium sized forward who ended up playing some good football with Sturt at league level in the SANFL. Has really strong hands overhead and has a booming left foot kick." â€“ Kinnear Beatson
The Sydney Swans have recruited Tom Papley with the club's first selection in the 2015 Rookie Draft.Papley was taken with selection 14 after a strong season with Gippsland Power.After starting the season as a midfielder he developed into a small forward booting 41 goals from 70 shots during the year.Find out more details about Papley below.Tom PapleyPosition: ForwardAge: 19Height: 178cmWeight: 74kgBio: A small forward who broke into the Casey Scorpions line up for three games mid-season where he booted three goals on debut. He played 15 games for Gippsland Power in the TAC Cup and kicked 33 goals for the season. Throughout the course of the year he booted 41 goals from 70 shots after starting the season as a midfielder. He is full of footy smarts and has good hands with a strong South Melbourne history. Both his grandfatherâ€™s played for the Swans with Max winning the 1966 best and fairest.The club also used the rookie draft to re-select Harry Marsh after he was delisted at the end of the 2015 season.
The Sydney Swans are pleased to announce Kyle Galloway and Sam Murray have joined the club as Category B Rookies.
WODONGA midfielder Sam Murray shapes as a possible smokey at this month's NAB AFL Draft after spending this season playing at country level.Gold Coast, Melbourne, the Western Bulldogs and Sydney Swans are among the clubs to have shown interest in Murray, who played for the Raiders this season having not made the Murray Bushrangers' under-18 squad. The 18-year-old finished third in the Ovens and Murray Football League's Morris Medal after an impressive season in the senior Wodonga team, which has seen him catch the eye of recruiters.