1990 AFL draft

The 1990 AFL draft was the 5th annual draft of Australian rules footballers to the 14 clubs in the Australian Football League. It consisted of the national draft held at the end of the 1990 season, the pre-season draft, held before 1991 AFL season and a mid-season draft.

Clubs receive picks based on the reverse of the position in which they finish on the ladder during the season. This was introduced as an equalisation strategy in response to the increasing transfer fees and player salaries.

National draft rules

The minimum draft age for the 1990 national draft was 16. Other than the West Coast Eagles, clubs were allowed to select only one West Australian player each and South Australian players were restricted to be only selected by the Adelaide Football Club which would join the AFL for the 1991 AFL season. Players in Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory could only be selected by clubs other than the Brisbane Bears and the Sydney Swans respectively if the player was older than 19 and not required by the 'local' club. Faced with these restrictions the league reduced the number of choices from 8 to 6. In exchange for the SA moratorium, the Crows were excluded from the draft (they could pick any South Australian, but only South Australians).


The talent pool was clearly shallow and most clubs shied away from investing too much hope in the draft. A number of the Victorian clubs, notably Richmond and Fitzroy, couldn't afford to recruit established players so stuck with country footballers and young unproven youngsters. Clubs were believed to be looking to Tasmania as perhaps the only recruiting ground which hadn't been ravaged. The under-19's competition was still in operation and clubs had only to list players who had been drafted, and those over the age of 19. Essendon and North Melbourne at this point for example had very talented reserves sides drawn from their metropolitan zones (these zones would later provide the basis for the Northern Knights under-18 teams).


Pre-draft picks included Brisbane taking Darryl White from the Northern Territory which had become their 'zone'. Mitchell White and Glen Jakovich were fair additions to the West Coast Eagles squad. There were a number of notable trades. Brisbane traded Mark Roberts to North Melbourne who also secured Peter Mann from the Eagles. Geelong gave up forwards David Cameron and Shane Hamilton to get Brisbane's number 1 draft pick. The most noteworthy trade though was Hawthorn getting the rights to Darren Jarman, who turned down the chance to join the Adelaide Crows. Incidentally the Rohan Smith listed is the St Kilda one, not the Footscray one. Future Channel 7 commentator Russell Morris left Hawthorn for St Kilda.


Richmond drafted Matthew Clarke and Nick Daffy. Despite the restrictions on recruiting South Australians, Richmond skirted the rule because these two played in Mount Gambier and were registered with clubs in the Western Border Football League (VCFL). Melbourne drafted Allen Jakovich, who although a Western Australian was playing for South Australian National Football League (SANFL) side Woodville, and Brisbane were able to draft two Western Australian Football League (WAFL) players in Peter Worsfold (John's brother) and David Ogg. Matt Clape, Jakovich, Todd Ridley, James Cook, Jason McCartney, Scott Crow, Matthew Young, Stuart Anderson and Paul Sharkey were modestly successful. Matthew Burton, Fabian Francis and Derek Hall would all find success at different AFL clubs.

The only two definite successes were James Hird and Jamie Shanahan.

Bits and pieces

Jason McCartney kept a diary on behalf of The Age newspaper detailing the weeks leading up to the draft. In it he reveals the confusion and uncertainty that a young footballer feels. McCartney from Nhill in Victoria (near the SA border) was hesitant about moving to Melbourne. He went to Adelaide as a guest of Glenelg Football Club and watched the AFL grand final on the big screen, as well as watching Glenelg lose the SA Grand Final the next day.

With Sydney and Brisbane having the first draft picks he signed for Glenelg on a two-year deal. When Sydney and Brisbane traded their selections his hopes lifted. Geelong told him that they would take Hooper first and would be attempting to get the second pick to take McCartney. Geelong were unable to manufacture a trade and Carlton ended up with the selection (they swapped ruckman Warren McKenzie to Sydney). Ian Collins, Geoff Walsh, Bruce Comben and Kinnear Beatson all drove up to Nhill to meet with McCartney, and the next morning David Parkin rang him to ask if everything went well.

On draft day Carlton opted for Tasmanian James Cook. Parkin said that he felt that Cook had the potential to be an even better player. Collingwood drafted him and McCartney openly admitted he was devastated and that Collingwood was last on his list of clubs.

The trades which made the above possible were Carlton swapping McKenzie to Sydney for 2 pick overall, and Collingwood swapping Terry Keays to Richmond for 4th pick overall. One recruiting officer commenting about the decision making of Sydney and Richmond said, "those clubs deserve to be in the position they are in if they are going to make choices like that".


Michael McLean joined the Brisbane Bears after having been not encouraged to stay with Footscray. Sean Simpson switched from St Kilda to Geelong and the Cats again demonstrated their ability to revive careers. David Cloke was encouraged to saddle up for one more season at Richmond who was finding recruiting a ruckman nearly impossible. Kevin Dyson was recruited to Melbourne. Collingwood audaciously recruited the recently retired Gerard Healy in the hope of persuading him to play on, but he didn't.

Pre-draft picks

#PlayerRecruited byRecruited fromGames with new club
1Paul MifkaBrisbaneWest Coast0
2Danny NoonanBrisbaneClarence55
3Roger SmithBrisbaneSouthern Districts0
4Shane StrempelBrisbaneSwan Districts3
5Darryl WhiteBrisbanePioneer268
6Ben AulichSydneyBelconnen0
7Justin ClarksonSydneyMelbourne3
8Jason LoveSydneyNorth Melbourne23
9Darren MorganSydneyGeelong0
10Robert NeillSydneyEastlake21
11Brad SparksSydneyMelbourne0
12Glen JakovichWest CoastSouth Fremantle276
13Mitchell WhiteWest CoastSubiaco151

Pre-draft trades

PlayerRecruited byRecruited fromGames with new club
David CameronBrisbaneGeelong16
Peter CurranBrisbaneHawthorn14
Rob DicksonBrisbaneHawthorn2
Shane HamiltonBrisbaneGeelong31
Travis Martin-BenyonBrisbaneNth Melbourne0
Craig PotterBrisbaneSydney13
Mark ArceriCarltonNth Melbourne17
Joe CormackFitzroyWest Coast26
David O'ConnellFitzroyWest Coast21
Darren JarmanHawthornBrisbane109
Paul BryceMelbourneNth Melbourne26
Phil EganMelbourneRichmond1
Rod OwenMelbourneSt Kilda9
John AhernNth MelbourneMelbourne0
Peter MannNth MelbourneWest Coast39
Mark RobertsNth MelbourneBrisbane87
Terry KeaysRichmondCollingwood25
Russell MorrisSt KildaHawthorn66
Stephen NewportSt KildaMelbourne39
Sean RalphsmithSt KildaHawthorn30
Rohan SmithSt KildaSydney3
Warwick CapperSydneyBrisbane13
Warren McKenzieSydneyCarlton21
Ian DargieWest CoastSt Kilda1
Mark HepburnWest CoastNth Melbourne13
Dale KickettWest CoastFitzroy2

1990 mid-season draft

PickPlayerRecruited fromRecruited by
1 Laurence Schache West Torrens Brisbane Lions
2 Dale Lewis North Ballarat Sydney
3 Mark Brady Old Scotch Fitzroy
4 Andrew Payze West Torrens Richmond
5 Tim Williamson Casterton North Melbourne
6 Craig Cross Burnie Hawks Carlton
7 Darren Bartsch West Adelaide Geelong
8 Phil Krakouer North Melbourne Footscray
9 Steven Cummings Sandringham St Kilda
10 Craig McNaughton Sandhurst West Coast
11 Damian Stoney Old Xaverians Hawthorn
12 Jamie Duursma Melbourne Melbourne
13 Andrew Hardiman South Warrnambool Collingwood
14 Paul Morrish Richmond Essendon
15 David Greenhill Wodonga Brisbane Lions
16 Paul Smit Springvale Sydney
17 Darron Wilkinson Camberwell Fitzroy
18 Scott Turner Ararat Richmond
19 Anthony Pavey Churchill North Melbourne
20 Darren Read Dandenong Carlton
21 Luke Hampshire Tyrendarra Geelong
22 Jamie Grant Daylesford Footscray
23 Damian Sexton Yarrawonga St Kilda
24 Jamie Weeding Norwood Hawthorn
25 Peter Vandermeer Frankston Melbourne
26 Stephen Anderson South Warrnambool Collingwood
27 David Robertson Euroa Essendon
28 Dean Strauch Golden Square Brisbane Lions
29 Tim Symes Benalla Sydney
30 Darren Collins Port Melbourne Fitzroy
31 Damian Hancock Leitchville Geelong
32 Michael Frost Swan Hill Footscray
33 Bernie Harris Terang St Kilda
34 Stephen Moloney North Melbourne Old Boys Hawthorn
35 Paul Hogarth Northern United Melbourne
36 Jason Morton Wagga Tigers Collingwood
37 Andrew Mills North Shore Essendon
38 Glen Bartlett East Perth Brisbane Lions
39 Nick Tsiotinas Essendon Footscray
40 Chris Melican Glenelg St Kilda
41 Martin Cameron Traralgon Hawthorn
42 David Morrison Devonport Melbourne
43 Michael Thomson Richmond Essendon
44 Barry Spierings Werribee Footscray
45 Jolyon Keeble Old Melburnians Hawthorn

1990 national draft

#PlayerRecruited byRecruited fromGames with new team
1Stephen HooperGeelongEast Perth21
2James CookCarltonNorth Hobart (TFL)25
3David DonatoFitzroyClarence (TFL)12
4Jason McCartneyCollingwoodNhill38
5Stewart DevlinGeelongHorsham (VCFL)0
6Allen JakovichMelbourneWoodville47
7Damian HampsonCarltonSubiaco0
8Paul GowFootscraySwan Districts7
9Matt ClapeWest CoastEast Perth29
10David OggBrisbaneSwan Districts9
11Danny SextonNth MelbourneLemnos (VCFL)0
12Shane PorterWest CoastNorth Launceston (TFL)0
13Todd RidleyEssendonClaremont25
14Andrew HamerCollingwoodLakes Entrance (VCFL)0
15Andrew HarrisonBrisbaneBenalla (VCFL)0
16Todd MenegolaRichmondSwan Distrists19
17Brendan HehirGeelongDarley (VCFL)0
18Dan MillerNth MelbourneMorwell (VCFL)0
19Gary MerrittMelbourneTatura (VCFL)0
20Robbie WestWest CoastWodonga (VCFL)13
21Richard AmbroseEssendonShepparton (VCFL)0
22Paul SharkeyCollingwoodCath C. Bendigo (VCFL)26
23Ben ThomasBrisbanePort Fairy (VCFL)0
24John FidgeEssendonGlenelg0
25Peter WorsfoldBrisbaneSouth Fremantle31
26Dale HallSydneyHobart (TFL)0
27Brad DavisFitzroyBurnie Hawks (TFL)5
28Chris SmithRichmondAssumption Coll. (APS)0
29Byron DonnellanGeelongDonald (VCFL)0
30Matthew YoungHawthornSt Pats Launceston (Tas)21
31Nick FaullBrisbaneGolden Point (VCFL)0
32Matthew MoylanFootscrayShepparton (VCFL)0
33Matthew KellyNth MelbourneWedderburn (VCFL)0
34Brad ReadHawthornEast Fremantle0
35Stuart AndersonNth MelbourneSale (VCFL)61
36Matthew BurtonWest CoastSubiaco0
37Glen HoffmanEssendonJeparit (VCFL)0
38Grant McFarlaneCollingwoodWodonga (VCFL)0
39Nigel PalfreymanBrisbaneSandy Bay (TFL)15
40Mark CollinsSydneySouth Fremantle0
41Mark JenkinsonFitzroyWillaura (VCFL)0
42Mark McQueenRichmondNorth Hobart (TFL)5
43Glen ThomlinsonGeelongRochester (VCFL)0
44Scott CrowHawthornPort Fairy (VCFL)13
45Craig JenningsNth MelbourneTraralgon (VCFL)0
46Brian McInnesFootscrayWick.-L. Bolac (VCFL)0
47Luke ChambersBrisbaneLucknow (VCFL)0
48Willie RioliHawthornSouth Fremantle0
49Nick DaffyRichmondNorth Gambier (SA)165
50Craig EllisNth MelbourneStawell (VCFL)0
51Jarrod CarterEssendonNorth Hobart (TFL)0
52Brendon RetzlaffCollingwoodSwan Districts0
53Stephen PearsNth MelbournePerth0
54Brian StanislausSydneySt Mary's (NTFL)1
55Steven ByersFitzroyNew Norfolk (TFL)0
56Matthew ClarkeRichmondWest Gambier (SA)0
57Chris BarzenGeelongMooroopna (VCFL)0
58Adrian GoldupSydneyRedcliffs (VCFL)0
59Cameron JamesCarltonMorwell (VCFL)0
60Rodney HarveyFootscrayTrinity-Ararat (VCFL)0
61Michael ScoonNorth MelbourneMonbulk (VCFL)0
62Ben HerraldHawthornAssumption Coll. (APS)0
63Fabian FrancisMelbourneSouthern Districts (NT)1
64Derek HallWest CoastWest Perth2
65Stephen FryEssendonClarence (TFL)0
66Bowden HamiltonCollingwoodColbinabbin (VCFL)0
67David GriffinSydneySouth Bendigo (VCFL)0
68Peter WhyteBrisbaneSouth Barwon (VCFL)0
69Gavin CooneyWest CoastClarence (TFL)0
70Stuart JohnstoneRichmondMelbourne0
71Dennis RyanGeelongKyabram (VCFL)0
72Brian WilsonSt KildaMelbourne7
73Anthony McDonaldCarltonBallarat YCW (VCFL)0
74Paul CampbellFootscrayCobram (VCFL)0
75Robert PanozzaMelbourneWodonga Raiders (VCFL)0
76Robert BowdenHawthornRobinvale (VCFL)0
77Niall BuckleyMelbourneCounty Kildare (Ireland)0
78Dean HardingFitzroyWangaratta Rovers (VCFL)19
79James HirdEssendonAinslie (ACT)253
80Scott O'DonohueCollingwoodBungaree (VCFL)0
81Luan MorleyHawthornNorth Ballarat (VCFL)0
82Leigh CampbellSydneyCampbelltown (NSW)0
83Mark WilliamsWest CoastSandhurst0
84John Peter-BudgeRichmondSt Kilda0
85Brad DowlingGeelongMooroopna (VCFL)0
86Sam JonesSt KildaSandy Bay (TFL)3
87Danny MorganCarltonBoolarra (VCFL)0
88Peter JacksFootscrayBallarat YCW (VCFL)0
89Simon WoodNth MelbourneSt Arnaud (VCFL)0
90Adam AhernHawthornDevonport (TFL)0
91Adam RuddSt KildaNumurkah (VCFL)0
92Jamie ShanahanSt KildaHobart (TFL)125
93Adam HoulihanEssendonKyabram (VCFL)0
94Chris RyanCollingwoodSt Vincent's-Morwell (VCFL)0

1991 pre-season draft

#PlayerRecruited byRecruited fromGames
1Michael McLeanBrisbaneFootscray87
2Paul HawkeSydneyCollingwood1
3Matthew BourkeFitzroyHawthorn2
4Mark TrewellaRichmondFitzroy4
5Sean SimpsonGeelongSt Kilda114
6Tony AntrobusSt KildaEssendon6
7Matthew RyanBrisbaneSydney18
8Mark AthornSydneyFitzroy15
9Justin McGrathFitzroyHawthorn8
10Andrew UnderwoodRichmondEssendon12
11Jamie LambGeelongSt Kilda14
12Darren DaviesSt KildaFootscray2
13Darren TarczonCarltonNorth Melbourne11
14Allan McKellarFootscrayRichmond0
15Carl DilenaNorth MelbourneFitzroy10
16Dale FlemingHawthornHawthorn0
17Nick SeboMelbourneSt Kilda0
18Cory YoungWest CoastRichmond1
19Mathew MedewEssendonEssendon0
20Derek PercivalCollingwoodGolden Square (VCFL)0
21Adrian MenaraGeelongNorth Melbourne0
22Saade GhaziFootscrayCentral District0
23Leigh CapsalisMelbourneMelbourne0
24Ian KidgellBrisbaneHawthorn3
25Andrew PeckSydneyMelbourne0
26Wayne PetersFitzroyRichmond0
27John MrakovRichmondCollingwood8
28Russell MerrimanGeelongSt Josephs (VCFL)25
29Damien PearceSt KildaSt Kilda0
30Ben RobertsonCarltonNoble Park (VMFL)3
31Scott McDonaldFootscrayBell Post Hill (VCFL)0
32Peter BaldwinNorth MelbourneGeelong0
33Anthony PaynterHawthornBrisbane0
34Kevin DysonMelbourneOakleigh70
35Craig McNaughtonWest CoastWest Coast0
36Darren WilliamsEssendonEssendon0
37Stephen AndersonCollingwoodSouth Warrnambool (VCFL)4
38Jon HenryBrisbaneCarlton0
39Darren McAseySydneySydney3
40Jamie BondFitzroyHawthorn1
41David ClokeRichmondRichmond22
42Stephen JankowiczGeelongEast Gambier (SA)0
43Dean GreigSt KildaCamberwell (VFA)33
44Mark BouwCarltonCarlton0
45David RossFootsrayDarwin0
46Anthony PalmerNorth MelbourneNorth Melbourne0
47Mark McLeodHawthornRichmond0
48George GorozidisMelbourneSt Kilda0
49Brad EdwardsWest CoastBrisbane0
50Mathew StricklandEssendonEssendon0
51Ross DuffyCollingwoodNorth Hobart0
52Paul WilliamsCarltonSt Kilda0
53Phil KrakouerFootscrayFootscray7
54Dean BarwickNprth MelbourneNorth Melbourne0
55Craig YoungHawthornHawthorn0
57Peter HigginsWest CoastWest Coast0
58Shane HeardEssendonEssendon11
59Gerard HealyCollingwoodSydney0


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