Werribee key forward Jake Riccardi was the sole Hard Yakka / Totally Workwear VFL player to be selected at the 2019 NAB AFL Draft on Thursday night.
The 20-year-old was taken by GWS with pick no.51 in the draft, having capped a stellar debut VFL season in 2019 by being awarded the Fothergill-Round-Mitchell Medal for the competition’s most promising young player.
Riccardi is now the 14th straight recipient of the honour to subsequently join an AFL list, following in the footsteps of recent winners like Gold Coast’s Josh Corbett (2018), Melbourne’s Bayley Fritsch (2017) and Fremantle’s Luke Ryan (2016).
— Werribee FC (@WerribeeFC) November 28, 2019
The strong-marking 195cm St Bernard’s (VAFA) product appeared twice as Werribee’s 23rd player while at NAB League club the Calder Cannons in 2018, before this year booting 38 goals as well as averaging 11 disposals and five marks per game across all 20 matches for the Tigers.
Riccardi was named at centre-half-forward in the 2019 VFL Team of the Year, with his season tally of majors placing him second behind only Port Melbourne’s three-time ‘Frosty’ Miller Medal winner Jordan Lisle on the competition goalkicking table.
More VFL players will have a chance to join AFL lists when the 2019 AFL Rookie Draft takes place on Friday from 10am.