South Adelaide is dealing with the shock loss of co-captain Keegan Brooksby, who is set to join AFL premier West Coast for season 2019.
It is understood Brooksby, named captain of the 2018 Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year, is set to receive a lifeline from the Eagles under the AFL’s new pre-season supplemental selection period (SPP) which was announced last week.
Under the SPP, delisted AFL players can be signed by AFL clubs between December 1 and March 15, including those who have spent a year out of the AFL system as Brooksby did at Noarlunga this season.
The 28-year-old posted a stunning SANFL campaign in 2018 in averaging 15 disposals, five marks and league-leading 34 hit outs en route to being runner-up in the Panthers’ best-and-fairest award.
Brooksby previously played 14 AFL games for the Gold Coast Suns from 2015 to 2017 but was mainly used as a key position player, not as a genuine ruckman as he has thrived upon playing SANFL.
“It is very exciting for Keegan to get another chance to prove himself at the highest level,” South Chief Executive Officer, Neill Sharpe, said.
“He is an outstanding player and his form over the last season speaks for itself.
“He certainly deserves this opportunity and we wish him well in the next phase of his AFL career.”
Former Saint Maverick Weller is poised to join Richmond and ex-Docker Zac Clarke likely to bolster Essendon’s ruck battery after they joined Brooksby and former Kangaroo Corey Wagner in withdrawing their nomination for the AFL National Draft and AFL Rookie Draft.
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