Tigers could keep medal winner

REIGNING McLeod Medal winner Derek Smith has not found his way on to an AFL list.

Derek Smith in action for Sunraysia’s Under 18 interleague side this season.

Derek Smith in action for Sunraysia’s Under 18 interleague side this season.

The silky 18-year-old half back from Wentworth, who tied for the 2016 SFNL Best and Fairest with Merbein’s Ash Rowe and Irymple’s Nathan Hamence and also claimed the league’s rising star award, was on the radar to be automatically listed as category B rookie under the new indigenous and multicultural Next Generation Academy system.

Under that system, Richmond – who Sunraysia is zoned to – had the rights to Smith if he was not picked in the AFL draft on Friday or Monday’s rookie draft, however the club had not selected him by yesterday’s list lodgement deadline.

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