Richmond has used its first selection (No. 40 overall) in the 2023 AFL Draft to recruit North Adelaide midfielder Kane McAuliffe.
Recruited from: North Adelaide
What the Richmond recruiters say about McAuliffe...
"Kane is the ultimate professional. He made the decision to move out of home at the age of 14 and attend boarding school at Prince Alfred College in Adelaide, where he matured and grew up quickly. He credits his diligence, professionalism, and standards to his experience of moving out of home, which will hold him in great stead coming to live in Melbourne.
"His 2022 SANFL form saw him selected in the AFL Academy where he played against Carlton’s VFL and Port Adelaide’s SANFL side.
"Kane is a super competitor, an inside midfielder who thrives on contested ball, tackling and body contact. He tests very well for speed, registering 2.92 seconds in the 20-metre sprint at the combine, which allows him to use his speed and power to burst out of congestion and generate ball movement from stoppage.
"Kane played for North Adelaide in the SANFL. His early season dominance at Under 18 level saw him average 27 disposals and move into the reserves where he was a super consistent performer, averaging 19 disposals and 6.6 tackles against mature aged footballers. He was selected in all four games for the South Australia Under 18s in the National Champs, where he averaged 8.5 tackles and 18.5 disposals.
"He's a 187cm, strong bodied, competitive midfielder with speed who likes to hit bodies and challenge the tackler. Kane has raw power, showcased in his speed and his penetrating left foot kick. Rain, hail or shine, we know we will get maximum effort and commitment from Kane, a true tiger trait."
Earlier in the night, Richmond completed a trade with Fremantle, swapping the Tigers' pick No. 35 in exchange for Fremantle's pick No. 38 and a future third round.
Richmond then traded that pick No. 38 with West Coast Eagles in exchange for pick No. 40 and a future third round.
First message from Kane McAuliffe 💬👋 pic.twitter.com/fQnzgcaKuH— Richmond FC 🐯 (@Richmond_FC) November 21, 2023