COLLINGWOOD have used their first selection in the 2017 AFL Rookie Draft, pick six overall, to select Flynn Appleby.
Flynn previously played his junior football and some of his senior football with the Cohuna Kangas, before making his name at the Greater Western Victoria rebels in the TAC Cup.
On the club’s website Collingwood national recruiting manager Derek Hine said ‘‘Flynn is a multidimensional defender who has elite endurance’’.
‘‘What he has been able to do is comprehensively display his ability to play on mediums, talls and smalls.’’
Hine spoke highly of Appelby’s commitment to becoming an AFL player, saying his commitment would bode well as a rookie.
AFL rookies are eligible to play for VFL sides, as well as in the pre season cup for their AFL clubs.
However, the rookie must either be upgraded to replace a player on the long-term injury list, or drafted onto the senior list to be eligible to play at senior level.
Appleby finished third in the Rebels best and fairest in this years TAC Cup.