Tigers to take mid-season AFL draft pick | Ralph Lauren

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Richmond will have a pick in the AFL mid-season draft after drawing a line through injured ruckman Ivan Soldo’s season.

Soldo had a left knee reconstruction after he ruptured both the anterior cruciate ligament and medial ligament in round 17 last year.

He recently had more surgeries on the same knee.

As a result, the Tigers have moved the 2019 premiership ruckman to their long-term injury list, freeing up a list spot for next Wednesday’s draft.

“Following Ivan’s two recent minor surgeries and the subsequent delay in his return time frame, we have made the decision to look towards preparing him for next season and beyond,” Richmond general manager of football talent Blair Hartley said.

“As part of that, Ivan will go away for a few weeks and enjoy some time off before coming back with 2022 as his focus.

“This also gives us an opportunity to improve our list next Wednesday night which we are excited about.”

The mid-season draft, which returns in 2021 after it was scrapped in 2020, has brought the Tigers joy in the past.

In 2019, the year the mid-season draft was introduced, Richmond took a punt on Marlion Pickett with pick No.13.

Pickett played in the Tigers’ VFL grand final win and a week later won an AFL premiership on debut.

The midfielder also featured in the 2020 premiership side, becoming a two-time premiership player in just his 20th game.

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