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BURNIE’S Caleb Hislop is one of Tasmania’s leading chances to get selected in next week’s AFL rookie draft, state academy coach Adam Sanders says.
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Caleb Hislop

Hislop, along with a host of other hopefuls from across the Apple Isle, missed out at Thursday night’s national draft on the Gold Coast.

Hobart duo Josh Watts and Josh McGuinness (Brisbane) joined former Coastal boy Lachie Weller (Fremantle) as the three Tasmanians to find AFL homes.

But all is not lost for those whose names weren’t read out, with Sanders tipping the state to farewell at least one more player to the mainland via a rookie spot.

And he believes Hislop could be that man.

“I think him and Western Storm pair Tim Jones and Matt Hanson are real chances to go,” Sanders said.

“It’s still hard to get a spot as a rookie but if you do, as Eli Templeton and Zac Webster have shown, you can make a career out of it.

“He [Hislop] would be disappointed to miss out but in the end it was probably a more likely scenario that he was going to get picked up in the rookie draft anyway.

“I’d love to see someone give him an opportunity because I think he can be a good player if given one.”

Despite there being three less Tasmanians drafted than last year through the main access, Sanders labelled Thursday night a success.

“At the start of the year we identified that it could be a very lean year but to come out of it with two, plus Weller, is a great result,” he said.

“Two players out of Tasmania might not sound like much but there’s a lot of TAC Cup sides that don’t get two players drafted and in the end they draw from as many people if not more than Tasmania.

“If our worst year is two getting put into a system then we’re doing OK.”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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