With their last pick in the national draft Melbourne took Taj Woewodin, the son of former demons Brownlow medallist Shane.
The quick midfielder from WA arrives at the club his dad won a Brownlow medal at in 2000 before moving to Collingwood for the latter part of his career.
“It’s very special for Taj and his family. It’s a wonderful story for him to follow in the footsteps of his dad, he has really earnt it. He is a terrific kid, he works very hard on his game. He has improved every week really,” Demons recruiting boss Jason Taylor said.
While the selection was a feel good story, Taylor said the decision was not a sentimental one.
“It’s a difficult decision because of that (sentiment) but you can’t allow that to influence really. There’s always a little bit of a wrestle with it but when we are making final decisions you just have to put them in an order. You would like it to be sentimental but the short answer is no (sentiment doesn’t come into it).”
Like his dad he plays on ball, though he is probably quicker than his father who was a good endurance runner.
The father: Shane Woewodin and his Brownlow win in 2000.Credit:Sebastian Costanzo
“He has played everywhere this year … he has played predominantly mid but at national level on a wing, half-forward, half-back and been successful in all areas. We see his game growing as a midfielder. His inside game has taken off this year.”
Earlier the Demons picked up key forward Jake Van Rooyen and versatile running player Blake Howes.
“We targeted a bit of need because we didn’t think the gap in talent was too much of a bridge and we looked at areas of the ground (of need) with a young key forward coming through.
“Jake has played key back and key forward but been successful as a key forward in the latter part of the year and the early part of the year before he got glandular fever.”
Howes was a difficult player for clubs to place with many fancying him in the first round so it was a surprise that the talented who running player who is elite over head went through to pick 39.
“We thought he’d go sooner so we were happy he was there at that point because we like his flexibility. He played really good footy as a 16-year-old forward he has got a really good aerial game, its one of his aces if you like, but he has played behind the ball both at school level and Sandringham Dragons on occasions.
“Some people think that is his best footy but he finished the year on a wing and that is where I thought his game started to grow and then Covid hit.
“He has certainly got a nice package about him.”
Shane WoewodinCredit:The Age
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