Alwyn Davey Jnr and Jayden Davey officially nominate Essendon under father-son rule, Cooper Harvey North Melbourne, Brent Harvey, Alwyn Davey stats – 21Sports News %


Essendon and North Melbourne have both moved significantly closer to securing exciting father-son prospects at this year’s drafts, with both Davey twins and Cooper Harvey nominating the Bombers and Kangaroos respectively. confirmed AFL Media’s report on Monday that twin brothers Alwyn Davey Jnr and Jayden Davey are both now eligible to follow in the footsteps of their dad — ex-Bombers forward Alwyn Davey Senior, who kicked 120 goals from 100 AFL games — in joining Essendon next month.

Hours later, North Melbourne confirmed Cooper Harvey — the son of North Melbourne legend and VFL/AFL games record-holder Brent Harvey — had chosen the club under the father-son rule.

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Nomination paperwork of draft eligible father-son players is due on Wednesday, with the Davey brothers only making their intentions clear two days before the deadline. Another father-son bidding nomination must be lodged with the AFL by Monday November 21.

Players drafted under the father-son rule have the option to immediately extend their two-year contract, which is the tenure length every draftee agrees to. Likely No. 1 pick Will Ashcroft, for example, signed a four-year deal with the Brisbane Lions when he officially nominated them in early August.

Renowned for his speed, evasion, cleanliness at ground level and goalkicking nous, Alwyn Junior has been tipped to attract a rival club bid either late in the first round of the national draft or early in the second round.

Alwyn Davey starred for Vic Metro and the Oakleigh Chargers this year. Picture: Dylan BurnsSource: Getty Images

In an ideal world for Essendon, Alwyn would receive a bid after the Bombers’ second draft selection, meaning they could use their first two picks (Picks 4 and 22) to select players in the open draft. But recruiters last week indicated to it’ll be lineball on whether a Davey bid comes before that Bombers second pick — and if it does, the Bombers’ natural second-rounder would be eaten up in the bid-matching process.

Jayden is considered just as talented as Alwyn, but his lack of opportunities this year due to injury — he ruptured his ACL in March during a game of touch rugby — means he’s more likely to be taken either late in the national draft or as a rookie.

Alwyn earlier this month told the prospect of representing the club he supports and his dad spent seven seasons at was exciting.

“I’ve had the thought of seeing what I could look like with the red and black on. It‘s a good feeling, even for the family,” he said.

“But no matter what, Dad always just said: ‘No matter what team, I’m always going to be proud of you.’ That’s something I love.”

Alwyn Davey Jnr, Jayden Davey and Jobe Watson.Source: Supplied

While the Davey brothers have been boarding at Xavier College in Melbourne, their dad has remained in Darwin but followed their progress closely and supported them passionately from afar.

Meanwhile Harvey is firming as a national draft selection.

After suffering two arm injuries in close succession during the middle of the season, Harvey starred upon returning to the field. He was among the best players for Assumption College in a school game before pulling out two excellent NAB League performances for the Northern Knights, followed by a strong showing for Vic Metro in the final Under 18 national championships game.

While scouts believe Harvey still has some work to do on his aerobic capacity, they love his power at stoppages – to the point where they wouldn’t be surprised if a rival club bid on him in the first half of the draft, although it’ll more likely be in the second half.

Should Harvey find his way onto North Melbourne’s list, he’d become the sixth father-son selection in the club’s history.

Cooper Harvey played a game for Vic Metro. Picture: Dylan BurnsSource: Getty Images

Elsewhere, recruiters would be stunned if the Giants didn’t bid on Ashcroft at Pick 1, considering he’s widely regarded as the standout player in this year’s draft pool.

Fellow Lions father-son prospect Jaspa Fletcher could be the second prospect with an existing link to a club to attract a bid. Fletcher confirmed to earlier this month he didn’t have to nominate the Lions under the father-son rule — even though his dad Adrian played 107 games for Brisbane — as he can be picked up as a northern academy prospect due to his involvement in Brisbane’s development program over six years.

Adelaide is also now bracing for father-son prospect Max Michalanney to draw rival attention as early as the first round – but more likely early in the second.

The 2022 AFL draft will be held across two nights, with the first round to be held on Monday November 28 and the rest of the selections on Tuesday November 29. The rookie draft will take place on Wednesday November 30.