The AFL Draft was held last night on the Gold Coast, and the players weren’t the only ones whose hard work paid off. Behind the scenes, agents were working around the clock to ensure their clients would get the opportunity to make it on the big stage. It is difficult to see who manages draftees as their profiles are often not listed prior to the event, but through some research I have found who represents the top selections.
Tom Boyd was always a lock for number 1. The highly touted forward had a stellar season in the TAC Cup, and his form was rewarded. Boyd is managed by Strategic Management, the team behind players including Buddy Franklin and Gary Ablett. They also had a second player go in the top 10 in James Aish, who was picked at No.7 by Brisbane.
It was one company though that stole the show, representing 5 of the top 10 picks. Connors Sports Management represent Josh Kelly (2), Jack Billings (3), Luke McDonald (8), Christian Salem (9) and Nathan Freeman (10). They also represent the 18th pick in Luke Dunstan. The Melbourne based company manage a long list of clients including Chris Judd and Dale Thomas. They have 3 accredited agents on their list in Paul Connors, Melissa Oberhofer and Robbie D’Orazio.
Another winner from last nights draft was Stride, who had 3 picks inside the top 15, including Marcus Bontempelli at number 4. The Anthony MacConville led Mac’s Sports also fared well having two picks in the top 12. Elite Sports Properties‘ first draftee was at number 25, while Velocity Sports‘ first pick was at number 37.
Below is a list of the top 10 draftees and their agents:
1. Tom Boyd – Gold Coast – Strategic Management
2. Josh Kelly – Gold Coast – Connors Sports Management
3. Jack Billings – St, Kilda – Connors Sports Management
4. Marcus Bontempelli – Western Bulldogs – Stride Sports Management
5. Kade Kolodjashnij – Gold Coast – Mac’s Sports
6. Matt Scharenberg – Collingwood -McDonald Sports
7. James Aish – Brisbane – Strategic Management
8. Luke McDonald – North Melbourne – Connors Sports Management
9. Christian Salem – Melbourne – Connors Sports Management
10. Nathan Freeman – Collingwood – Connors Sports Management