Tippett relieved Swans deal finalised

MELBOURNE - Kurt Tippett is relieved his trying two-month wait to reach AFL premiers Sydney is over, even though he must wait more than another six months to play for them.

The 202-centimetre, 25-year-old ex-Adelaide forward was the most notable of just eight players taken in yesterday's preseason draft.

Even that number was inflated by Adelaide's Nick Joyce, Fremantle's Jesse Crichton and Greater Western Sydney's Dean Brogan being redrafted by their clubs.

The Giants also gave ex- Carlton key position player Bret Thornton a new home.

He and Tippett were the only AFL-experienced players to make it onto different clubs' primary lists, although several others were given rookie draft lifelines.

Three of them - 31-year- old ex-Geelong ruckman Orren Stephenson, discarded Melbourne forward Ricky Petterd and former Essendon midfielder Sam Lonergan - joined Richmond.

In other rookie selections, Collingwood gave its 33-year- old ruck coach Ben Hudson a chance to play with a fourth AFL club.

Hawthorn claimed former Magpies big man Jonathon Ceglar.

West Coast took ex- Melbourne West Australian running player Jamie Bennell.

AFL-experienced players missing out included Liam Jurrah, Brent Prismall, Cameron Wood, Matthew Bate and Josh Toy.

The Swans rookie-drafted Brandon Jack and Xavier Richards, brothers of Sydney's Kieren and Ted respectively.

The Western Bulldogs selected Brett Goodes, brother of Swans' superstar Adam. Brisbane picked Jordon Bourke, the son of former Geelong and Lions' big man Damien.


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