The Sydney Swans have added six players to their list via the 2019 AFL and Rookie Drafts, locking in Dylan Stephens, Will Gould, Elijah Taylor, Chad Warner, Brady Rowles and Jack Maibaum.
Learn more about the new Swans below.
Dylan Stephens (pick five)
Medium midfielder who is a prolific ball-winner and creative user of the ball by both hand and foot. He played predominantly on a wing in the early matches of the 2019 AFL Under-18 Championships before starring on the inside in the final match against the Allies, gathering 33 disposals in a best-on-ground performance. A penetrating left-footer, he averaged 23.8 disposals and 4.8 tackles across the 2019 AFL Under-18 Championships and was rewarded with 2019 AFL Under-18 All Australian honours. He also progressed to play some excellent football at senior level with Norwood averaging, 18.2 disposals and 4.6 tackles in 12 matches.
What they said
"We've watched him closely for a couple of years now. He can play both inside and outside. He's played a lot of senior footy at Norwood and played with distinction there. He will really add to our midfield and that was a focus with us for that selection." (Sydney Swans General Manager - Recruiting and List Strategy Kinnear Beatson)
Will Gould (pick 26)
Position: Key defender
Tall defender who captained his state showing composure and on-field leadership in big moments. Strong overhead and a fine contested ball-winner, he reads the play exceptionally well and is a prodigious kick. He had an excellent 2019 AFL Under-18 Championships, averaging 21.5 disposals, 4.5 marks and 7.2 rebound 50s to be awarded All Australian honours in consecutive years. He also played senior football all year at Glenelg, averaging 19.7 disposals and 5.2 marks.
Will Gould, the South Australian skipper and our pick 26!— Sydney Swans (@sydneyswans) November 28, 2019
Check out his highlights ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/doXNGziWfZ
Elijah Taylor (pick 36)
Position: Medium forward
An elusive medium forward who has an impressive natural leap, clean ball-handling skills and a smart user of the ball from either foot around goal. He is a mercurial type of player and was dangerous up forward in Western Australia’s victorious 2019 AFL Under-18 Championships team, averaging 12.2 disposals and 1.5 goals to earn All Australian honours.
New Sydney Swans draftee Elijah Taylor motoring away.
Chad Warner (pick 39)
Club: East Fremantle
Medium midfielder who impressed with his aggressive attack on the ball and his opponent when representing Western Australia in the 2019 AFL Under-18 Championships, averaging 18.2 disposals (50 per cent contested), 3.2 clearances and 6.8 tackles. He was a prolific ball-winner at Colts level with East Fremantle, averaging 27.1 disposals, 7.4 tackles and 6.4 clearances in nine matches.
New Sydney Swans draftee Chad Warner in action for Western Australia.
Club: Bendigo Pioneers
Medium midfielder who is willing to take on the opposition, using his speed and run and carry as his greatest assets. He stood out with his physical size and athletic potential when playing for Vic Country in two matches in the 2019 AFL Under-18 Championships, along with his performances for the Bendigo Pioneers in 12 games in the NAB League, averaging 11.8 disposals.
New Sydney Swans draftee Brady Rowles at October's AFL Draft Combine.
Club: Sydney Swans
Position: Key defender
A key defender delisted by the Sydney Swans at the completion of season 2019 and redrafted as a rookie. Maibaum ruptured his ACL on the eve of the 2019 campaign but had clearly shown enough potential over his first two seasons as an AFL footballer. Originally recruited from the Eastern Ranges with pick 45 at the 2016 AFL Draft, Maibaum is yet to make his AFL debut but has played strong footy in the NEAFL.
Sydney Swans defender Jack Maibaum, redrafted by the club as a rookie on Friday.