Regional Club players flood the 2016 Draft

Regional club players from around New Zealand will be ready in waiting tomorrow night as the AFL New Zealand National Draft takes place live via Twitter ahead of the 2017 AFL New Zealand Premiership.


The national competition features over 120 players from ten regions with the majority of those already playing the sport in one of the four leagues nationwide.

From Auckland, the North Shore Tigers provide good representation in the draft, headlined by former Northern Sun Josh Cunliffe. The 25 year old who recently became a new father has been playing AFL for over five years and is a consistent performer for the Tigers. Small in stature and a big heart, Josh has a never say die attitude and will complement any of the four Premiership sides.

Josh Morgan-Ranui from Wellington plays for the North City Demons and is fast becoming a big name in the Capital. Still only 17 years old and 187cm tall, Josh has some outstanding AFL skills as his vertical leap and accurate skills will surely make him an early round Draft Pick.

Sam Blackler from the Eastern Blues in the Canterbury AFL league could be an early round draft pick. The 25 year old represented the Canterbury and the NZ Hawks at U20 level back in 2011. Blackler spent time away from the sport to focus on his young family but is now back playing in the local competition and looking forward to playing with the best players from around New Zealand.

Otago Riot player and 2016 Southern Saint, Reyne Westbury could be a high priority on team draft selections come tomorrow night. The 22 year old was the leading goal scorer in the 2016 AFL New Zealand Premiership with an injury late in the season leading to some uncertainty and his inclusion in this years draft. With a good off season and more experience on his side the four Premiership coaches will take into consideration what he could add to their respective line ups.