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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

AFL jumper numbers 2018: The number changes for recruits and draftees at every club

A NEW season means new numbers for the multitude of recruits and draftees heading to AFL clubs for 2018.

Here are the big changes at your club for next season.
GUN recruit Bryce Gibbs has been given the No. 6 for the 2018 season, with the former Blue taking over the jumper number previously worn by the Melbourne-bound Jake Lever.
The number for former Roo Sam Gibson has also been confirmed, taking the No. 20 at Adelaide.
Elsewhere, ball magnet Matt Crouch has accepted Scott Thompson’s offer to take over his jumper number after retiring, with Crouch moving from No. 44 to No. 5.
Promoted rookie Hugh Greenwood has moved to No. 1 as a tribute to his late mother Andree, who passed away after a battle with breast cancer. “Mum’s life quote was, ‘Make every second count’ ... Now, every time I go to my locker or put on the jumper I’ll see the No. 1 and it will remind me to make the most of every day, and every second,” Greenwood told the club’s website.
The other existing Crow to change numbers is Myles Poholke, who moves up from No. 31 to No. 10.
Adelaide has also announced that first-round draft pick Darcy Fogarty will inherit Mark Ricciuto’s No. 32 jumper, which was previously worn by Patrick Dangerfield.
Fellow national draftee Andrew McPherson takes on the No. 36.
As for the rookies, Father-son recruit Jackson Edwards will take the No. 19, Patrick Wilson has been given No. 31 and Lachlan Murphy slots into Crouch’s old No. 44.
PICK 1 Cam Rayner will wear the No.16 at Brisbane — made famous by triple premiership winner and former captain Jonathan Brown.
Brown kicked 594 goals across 256 games wearing the famous number, with the Lions hopeful Rayner will follow in his footsteps up north.
Brisbane has also dished out jumper numbers to its remaining draftees — Zac Bailey (No.33), Toby Wooler (No.34), Brandon Starcevich (No.37), Connor Ballenden (No.38) and Jack Payne (No.40).
Star recruit Luke Hodge has chosen his new number at the Lions, with the four-time premiership Hawk to wear the No. 2, which has been vacated by the delisted Ryan Harwood.
Meanwhile, fellow recruit Charlie Cameron will wear the No. 23 — the same number he donned during his four seasons with the Adelaide Crows and the one vacated by Josh Schache.
Academy pick Jacob Allison has swapped numbers too, moving from 37 to 19 after Josh Clayton vacated the latter.
FORMER Sydney rookie Sam Murray will don the No. 9 at Collingwood after Jesse White — another Swan-turned-Pie — left the club.
DEVON Smith has been handed James Hird’s famous No. 5 jumper at Essendon.
The former Giants forward moved to the Bombers in exchange for Pick 11 during October’s trade period and inherits the famous locker number at his new club.
“I know many kids that used to run around thinking they were Hirdy with the long-sleeve jumper,” Smith told the club’s website.
Western Bulldogs premiership player Jake Stringer takes the No. 25 jumper at Essendon, while former Gold Coast defender Adam Saad will wear No. 42 with the Bombers.
Kyle Langford moves to Jobe Watson’s No. 4 locker after donning the No. 30 jumper last season, while the club has also unveiled the numbers for its newest draftees.
Jordan Houlahan will wear No. 24, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher takes No. 30, Matt Guelfi will don No. 35, Trent Mynott claims No. 39 and Luke Lavender will wear No. 40.
THE Dockers’ array of draftees have been allocated their 2018 jumper numbers, with top-10 picks Andrew Brayshaw and Adam Cerra given single-digit numbers. Brayshaw will wear No. 8 and Cerra No. 5.
Fellow national draftees Mitch Crowden (No. 12), Hugh Dixon (17), Tom North (24), Lloyd Meek (30), Sam Switkowski (39) and Scott Jones (40) were presented with their jumper numbers on December 1.
Rookies Bailey Banfield and Stefan Giro will don No. 41 and 42 respectively next year.
GARY Ablett will wear the No. 4 jumper at Geelong in 2018.
The Cats have revealed the club’s jumper numbers for next season, with Ablett moving into the locker of former teammate and premiership champion Andrew Mackie.
There had been whispers Ablett would return to where it all began in his second stint with the Cats and would claim the No. 11 jumper he wore at the Geelong Falcons.
However, fellow new recruit Tim Kelly will move into that locker, with Ablett taking the number of club legends like Mackie, Bob Davis and Alistair Lord.

Lachlan Fogarty will wear No. 13, while Charlie Constable claims No. 18 and Gryan Miers will wear No. 32. Rookie selection Stewart Crameri will wear No. 36 at Geelong.
THE Suns have officially moved on from the Gary Ablett era, handing over the No. 9 jumper to emerging small forward Ben Ainsworth, who will move into the guernsey from No. 27.
Former Docker Lachie Weller will wear No. 14, while ex-Adelaide midfielder Harrison Wigg has been assigned No. 26.
Aaron Young, who was traded from Port Adelaide, has taken on the No. 15 jumper.
Jack Scrimshaw, one of four top 10 picks in the 2016 draft, has moved to No. 2 after donning No. 37 for the 2017 season.
The draftees have also been given their new jumper numbers — Wil Powell (No.27), Charlie Ballard (No.31), Brayden Crossley (No.32), Connor Nutting (No.42).
The rookies — Josh Jaska (No.37), Nick Holman (No.39), Jacob Heron (No.40) and Jacob Dawson (No.45).
All of the Demons’ recruits have received their jumper numbers for 2018, with Jake Lever receiving the No. 8. Fellow recruit Harley Balic will don No. 27.
Draftees Charlie Spargo (No. 9), Bayley Fritsch (31), Oskar Baker (33) and Harrison Petty (35) have all been allocated their respective numbers.
There have also been a few internal changes, with James Harmes (previously No. 43) taking over Jack Watts’ old No. 4, while Corey Maynard has moved from 48 to 20.
MAJAK Daw will take on the responsibility of North Melbourne’s No. 1 jumper in 2018, having worn No. 38 throughout the entirety of his Kangaroos career. Daw said it was hopeful it would be the “change he needs” to kickstart his career at Arden Street.
Lindsay Thomas will also pass on the No. 12 jumper to young Roo forward Jy Simpkin.
Delisted free agent acquisition Alex Morgan will don No. 21 in 2018.
FIVE of Port Adelaide’s pre-draft recruits have been handed their playing numbers for season 2018, with Jack Watts taking over the No. 23.
Fellow trade acquisitions Steve Motlop will don the No. 6, while Tom Rockliff will wear the No. 11.
Jack Trengove won’t take over the number of half-namesake Jackson Trengove, with the ex-Dee to wear No. 19, while Trent McKenzie will wear No. 12.
TOM Papley will keep his family heritage at Sydney alive as he moves into the No.11 jumper.
Papley’s grandfather, Max, won South Melbourne’s goalkicking award in 1964 and its club best and fairest award in 1966 — all wearing the same jumper number.
Now, Papley will honour his legacy by moving from No.41 to No.11 in 2018.
“Through family history, I’ve chosen the No.11,” Papley told Sydney’s website.
“Max is on the locker, so I thought it’d be a good bit of history if one day I could get a premiership cup next to my name and get my name up there as well, which would be pretty special.
“I had two years in No.41, played 40 games and it was good to me. I thought I’d change things up a bit.
THE Eagles have temporarily retired Brownlow Medal winner Matt Priddis’ No. 11 jumper in the wake of his retirement from the game.
The news comes as West Coast dishes out its new list of jumper numbers, with excitement machine Liam Ryan handed the No. 1 jumper with the club.
Its first draft pick, Jarrod Brander, will wear No. 10, while fellow early selection Oscar Allen has been handed the No. 12 jumper.
Brendon Ah Chee moves into the No. 41 jumper following his move from Port Adelaide, while Francis Watson changes to No. 26 having previously worn No. 47 for the club.
Fellow recruits have also received their new jumper numbers — Jack Petruccelle (No. 21), Hamish Brayshaw (No. 22), Ryan Burrows (No. 32), Brayden Ainsworth (No. 33), Tony Olango (No. 40) and Callan England (No. 46).
TWO youngsters will carry on the legacy of a pair of Dogs greats, with the duo set to wear the numbers of recently retired duo Bob Murphy and Matthew Boyd in 2018.
Young defender Lewis Young will wear Murphy’s No.2 jumper next year, after the former captain retired at the end of 2017 following an illustrious 312-game career.
Meanwhile, the talented Josh Dunkley will take Boyd’s No.5 jumper following a promising start to a Bulldogs career that has already yielded 24 senior games.
“I got a call from ‘Bevo’ the day before pre-season,” Young told the club’s website.
“He said ‘we’ve got No.2 here for you, the coaches have decided that you’d be a player that would take that number over and we’d like to offer it to you’.
“So then there was a decision whether I wanted to take it or not — obviously I did — and I was very humbled to be asked to.”
Dunkley added: “The player that he was, not only on field but off field as well ... The first day at the footy club, he took me under his wing straight away. It’s just a massive honour to wear his number.”