Ex-Lion Andrew Raines hoping to reign at the Suns
HIS rookie days may be well behind him, but Richmond and Brisbane veteran Andrew Raines has the rookie draft to thank for his third chance at an AFL club.
Selected by Gold Coast, the 28-year-old (pictured) was one of 65 players thrown a lifeline yesterday, some of them re-listed by their own clubs, others by new ones, such as former Adelaide big man Shaun McKernan, who was taken by Essendon with its only selection to address its lack of height.
Several clubs took a punt on mature-age players, some overlooked in more than one national draft, hoping to uncover another gem such as Geelong and Adelaide forward James Podsiadly, or Fremantle midfielder Michael Barlow.
Others looked overseas, hoping to find the next Jim Stynes, Tadgh Kennelly or Pearce Hanley among Irish draftees Paddy Brophy, Padraig Lucey, Sean Hurley and Cian Hanley, or in Collingwood's case, the next Aaron Sandilands in the shape of 211cm American Mason Cox.
One player, Port Lincoln speedster Johann Wagner, was taken by Port Adelaide with selection 51 after winning Fox 8's The Recruit.
The Power also renewed acquaintances with Nathan Krakouer, re-drafting the 26-year-old who played 40 games for the club before switching to Gold Coast in its inaugural season.
The Suns also went for experience, not only taking Raines with pick 71 but also re-listing defender Greg Broughton and adding experienced South Australians Keegan Brooksby and Josh Glenn, and Victorians Adam Saad and Tyrone Downie.