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Tigers think Hislop can win at Punt Rd

By Roger Vaughan 29/11/2008 05:48:39 PM Comments (0)

Tom Hislop would want to make the most of this AFL second chance.

The 20-year-old former Essendon midfielder was the first delisted player named on Saturday in the national draft.

He had to wait until pick 58 before Richmond called his name and he was among just four recycled players to find a second club.

Those numbers emphasise how hard it has become for players to find a new home once they are delisted.

Last year's draft featured the successful Hawthorn experiment with Port Adelaide premiership player Stuart Dew and the return of Fraser Gehrig to St Kilda.

But clubs were concentrating this time even more than usual on youth, especially given the proposed Gold Coast franchise is scheduled to enter the draft next year and gobble up early picks.

The Bombers recruited Hislop at pick 20 two years ago.

He then managed only seven games in two seasons and developed a reputation for poor discipline.

Tigers recruitment manager Francis Jackson is confident Hislop can prove a success at Punt Rd.

"Tom is a 20-year-old who can play footy, so we've got to ensure sure he fits into our culture and works hard - I'm sure he will," Jackson said.

"He's had a few issues, but we've spoken to him at length about that and he sat down with Terry (coach Terry Wallace) and had a very good conversation.

"We believe he'll make the most of the second chance, not too many players get second chances and I'm sure he realises the importance of his work ethic and his attitude.

"We forget they're kids at times and they do need to grow up and we think Tom has matured enough."

Collingwood was the next to sign a delisted player, picking up former North Melbourne key defender Leigh Brown at 73.

Jason Davenport, who did not make his senior debut at Geelong, went to Port Adelaide at No.78 and St Kilda picked up Brisbane's Irish experiment Colm Begley at 83.

Former Melbourne key defender Nathan Carroll and Sydney goalsneak Nick Davis were among the more notable delisted players not to find a new home.

Davis might end up at Brisbane through the pre-season draft, while Fremantle's Josh Carr is also likely to return to Port via that route.

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