MELBOURNE has used its third choice within the 2019 Nationwide Draft to safe versatile defender Trent Rivers.
The 18-year-old had his identify referred to as out with decide No.32 at Marvel Stadium, formally changing into a Demon on Thursday evening.
Rivers is a Western Australian who performed his junior footy on the Japanese Fremantle Sharks – the identical membership as Melbourne’s high draftee Luke Jackson.
Nationwide Recruiting Supervisor Jason Taylor is worked up by what Rivers has to supply, together with his uncooked tempo and elite ball use set to carry him in good stead at AFL stage.
“Trent’s a powerful, highly effective participant with a capability to play in all areas of the bottom,” Taylor advised Melbourne Media.
“He represented Western Australia as a rebounding defender, however he additionally performed a good bit of WAFL cults footballer as a midfielder.
“He’s an thrilling participant who can present run off half-back, so we’re actually wanting ahead to watching him develop.”
Rivers is the third participant to hitch the purple and blue throughout this 12 months’s draft, after Jackson (decide No.3) and Kysaiah Pickett (decide No.12) had been recruited to the membership on Wednesday evening.