Published on November 29, 2019 10:32 am

ROOKIE DRAFT: Hibberd flies to Dons

Williamstown midfielder Mitch Hibberd joined Essendon’s AFL list as the only Hard Yakka / Totally Workwear VFL player selected in Friday’s 2019 NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

The 23-year-old’s rookie-listing by the Bombers with pick no.10 followed Werribee key forward Jake Riccardi’s selection by GWS with pick no.51 in the NAB AFL Draft on Thursday night.


Hibberd was delisted by North Melbourne after making four AFL appearances for the Kangaroos from 2016-18, but he rebounded with a stellar VFL campaign for the Seagulls in 2019.

Playing as a 191cm midfielder after previously being known mostly as a rebounding defender, the Tasmanian product averaged 24 disposals, seven tackles and four clearances per game in 20 matches this season, leading the beaten grand-finalists for total disposals and earning VFL Team of the Year selection.


Other VFL players still have a chance to join AFL lists in the Pre-Season Supplemental Selection Period, as Corey Wagner (Casey Demons to Melbourne), Michael Gibbons (Williamstown to Carlton), Hayden McLean (Sandringham to Sydney), Ned Reeves (Box Hill Hawks to Hawthorn) and Jay Lockhart (Casey Demons to Melbourne) did prior to the 2019 season.

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