10 Murray Bushrangers picked up by AFL clubs in draft bonanza

ALBURY’S Zach Sproule is determined to make the most of his second chance after being picked up by Greater Western Sydney.

GWS BOUND: Albury youngster Zach Sproule is looking forward to starting training
with the Giants. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

GWS BOUND: Albury youngster Zach Sproule is looking forward to starting training with the Giants. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

Only days after being surprisingly overlooked in the AFL draft, the key position player was thrown a lifeline as an academy pre-selection in the rookie draft.

Murray Bushranger teammates Max Lynch (Collingwood) and James Cousins (Hawthorn) also secured spots with selections 51 and 46.

“It’s really exciting,” Sproule said.

“I’m moving to Sydney straight away and will be living with Lachie Tiziani which is going to be fantastic.

It’s put a fire in the belly and hopefully I can prove a few people wrong. - Zach Sproule

“It was a pretty devastating to miss out on Friday night and a bit of a shock, but it’s put a fire in the belly and hopefully I can prove a few people wrong.

“I couldn’t be happier.”

Sproule was also pursued by Sydney after missing out in the AFL draft.

He will start training with the Giants on Wednesday.

“I have already spent three weeks with GWS through the academy so that’s going to help settle in,” he said.

The rookie draft took the Bushrangers’ draftees to 10 after Will Brodie (Gold Coast), Jy Simpkin (North Melbourne), Todd Marshall (Port Adelaide), Esava Ratugolea (Geelong), Tiziani (GWS), Ryan Garthwaite (Richmond) and Harry Morrison (Hawthorn) were picked up on Friday night.

Max Lynch

Max Lynch

It matched the TAC Cup’s previous best haul in 2001 when a swag of stars including Steve Johnson won spots.

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