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Callum Twomey,  October 24, 2016 2:07 PM

Ben Ainsworth will be strongly considered in our draft campaign.

Ben Ainsworth will be strongly considered in our draft campaign.

A FLURRY of activity on the final day of the NAB AFL Trade Period saw draft picks get thrown around at the top of the order right down to the later selections.

But with the draft order now set, has taken a look at who our club could pick with its first selection when names are called in Sydney on November 25. have identified a player who may be available, plus three others who might be in that draft picks' range.


Pick 3: The Lions traded back from pick two to pick three to bring in another top-20 selection. If the Bombers take Andrew McGrath at No.1 then the Giants could let Hugh McCluggage through to the Lions, which would be their preference. But if not, then Ben Ainsworth will be strongly considered. The small forward is explosive, smart and skillful, and in time will be a midfield option. He's ready to play and averaged 29 disposals in the final month of his TAC Cup season with the Gippsland Power. The Lions may also place a bid on Gold Coast academy member Jack Bowes. 

Around the mark: Will Brodie, Andrew McGrath, Jack Bowes