The Geelong Cats and the Adelaide Crows are about to make it a family business with father-son prospects in the AFL rookie draft.
Sam Simpson, whose father Sean Simpson played 114 games for the Cats and Ben Jarman, the son of Crows and Hawks great Darren Jarman, initially were passed by the Cats and the Crows, meaning that they were available to any other side, but they remained undrafted and will be offered a rookie spot with their fathers’ sides, assuming that they make it through the pre-season draft.
Both clubs had originally flagged the progeny of their former players, which would have made them unavailable to any of the other NFL clubs, but neither club followed through.
Crows list manager Justin Reid is confident of securing the services of the younger Jarman, so young Ben seems assured with a spot on the Crows. Whether he can get on the ground with the senior side remains to be seen.
The Collingwood Magpies picked up Callum Brown and Josh Daicos when they matched the North Melbourne bid for Gavin Brown’s son, as well as gaining Daicos when no other club bid for him.
The annual player movement period is almost concluded, with final lists and player payment estimates due at the league by Wednesday coming.