Magpies, Tigers linked with former Port ruck, ex-Sun a middle-aged standout, VFL on St Kilda’s radar, smoke and more

Brynn Teakle is firming up to be selected in the AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft for the second time.

The former Port Adelaide ruckman, who was picked by the Power in the 2022 mid-season draft, is expected to be signed on Wednesday night after showing good form in the WAFL with East Fremantle.

Teakle, 24, is once again attracting interest from Collingwood, where he trained in pre-season, as the Magpies deal with injuries to Mason Cox, Aiden Begg and Oscar Steene.

Richmond could also be in the mix for Teakle after losing back-up ruckman Sam Naismith to an ACL injury. The Tigers have the Pick 2 in the midseason draft.

AFL media Josh Gabelich hopes the former six-game Power big man gets picked again.

“I think we could see him get another chance,” Gabelich said in SEN SA’s race home.

“He could become a two-time draft pick by midseason. He trained at Collingwood during pre-season, they gave him the full summer and in the end they opted for other options.

“They have maintained a level of interest and they really need a ruckman right now because Aiden Begg is out for the year, Oscar Steele is probably out for the year and Mason Cox is now out for at least six weeks.

“Their ruck depth is a bit below the bomb, as is Richmond’s, so don’t count the Tigers out. The Tigers also have some issues with Sam Naismith doing his ACL.

“He’s been doing really well in the WAFL since returning to Perth. “I think we should see him get a chance because there aren’t many prepared ruckmen out there.”

Another player previously on an AFL list is also likely to be given a lifeline.

Jez McLennanwho spent four years on the Gold Coast roster, has been in good form for the Central District in the SANFL and is on the Adelaide Crows’ radar, along with some Victorian clubs.

Gabelich describes McLennan, 23, as a “standout” when it comes to middle-aged players.

“I’ve heard the Ravens are linked to Jez,” Gabelich added.

“A couple of Victorian clubs are also looking at it.

“He spent four years on the Suns and never played a game, but he plays better now. That’s the opinion of the recruiters who were really impressed in that SANFL state game against the VFL earlier in the season. That put his name back on the radar of AFL clubs.

“He could be one too. I think he definitely deserves a chance. If we look at the mature age options, he seems to be one of the standouts.”

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AFL media Cal Twomey also provided a summary of potential recruits in SEN Breakfast before Wednesday night.

Max Lounge (Box Hill)

“He’s pretty close to being a VFL certainty. There is quite a bit of interest in Max Hall and for good reason because he has had a pretty good season with Box Hill.

“He is a 183cm midfielder and has also scored some goals. He’s had a couple of really good games in the VFL.

“St Kilda have been heavily linked with him at Pick 4.”

Geordie Payne (North Launceston/Tasmanian Devils)

“Everyone thinks he’s the favorite to go No. 1 in North Melbourne.

“He could have played for the Allies in the Under-18 Championship over the weekend as a senior, but he didn’t take part.

“It is certain that they will catch him. North Melbourne has shown great interest in him. 184cm versatile player with a bit of grunt.”

Riley Collier-Dawkins (Williamstown)

“A first-round pick out of Richmond in 2018. He’s had a really good season with Williamstown.

“He has some interest from Carlton. There are also other clubs, but they are among the most interested.”

Liam McMahon (Carlton VFL)

“He has been on the Blues’ radar. It is an opportunity.”

Daniel McKenzie (Port of Melbourne)

“Former Saint who may have a chance after being delisted last year.

Tom Highmore Also from Port Melbourne.”

Matt Ling (Norwood)

“The former Swan. Fremantle took a look at him, but now he has no choice.

Essendon had taken a late look at it.

Jack Peris (Essendon VFL)

“He’s playing small forward and could potentially be a shot.”

Saad El-Hawli (Northern Bullants)

“It’s a good story and I think it’s an opportunity to take. He is 23 years old, 184 cm, he is fast, he has class, he couldn’t have done much more this season to boost his name.

“He has played eight games and averaged around 26 disposals for the Bullants.

“Essendon have shown some interest in him lately, among other clubs.”

Jacob Blight (Peel Thunder)

“A key 23-year-old defender. If Richmond wants him, they’ll probably take him with the Pick 2.”

Joe Pike (Geelong Falcons)

“Joe Pike is one of the youngest guys (in the draft) for the Geelong Falcons.

“We’ve seen ruck-heavy mid-season drafts in the past, so he’ll probably get a chance later on.”

Will Elliott (Northern Bullants)

“He is a possibility. A couple of clubs took notice of him around this time last year.

“He has had some injuries at different stages of his Under-18 journey. He has had reasonable VFL form as a key forward. The clubs have already been interested before.”

Corey Ellison (Williamstown)

“He’s 23 and a bit of a VFL official. Carlton is taking a look at him.

“A versatile tall man on both ends who could be an opportunity.”


North Melbourne has Pick 1, while Richmond, West Coast, St Kilda and Hawthorn complete the top five.

Brisbane has the most vacancies with four places available, the Tigers have three, Adelaide three, North Melbourne two and Collingwood two.

The Eagles, Saints, Hawks, Carlton, Melbourne, Western Bulldogs, Port Adelaide, Sydney and Essendon have one pick each.

Fremantle, Gold Coast, GWS and Geelong will not participate in the mid-season draft.

Starts Wednesday night at 7pm AEST.