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Gideon Simon a first on AFL list
Authored by: fumbaloney on Tuesday, December 11 2012 @ 07:11 pm ACDT

Has Gideon Simon actually been rookie listed. He didn't come through today's rookie draft so this leads me to think that he is still a scholarship holder and not actuallyt on the Richmond rookie list. Can anyone confirm this?

What about Alex Starling (US basketballer)? Has he been rookie listed by Sydney as was suggested in the media and by the club earlier this year? He too did not come through today's rookie draft. Does anyone know?

Gideon Simon a first on AFL list
Authored by: Brett Northey on Tuesday, December 11 2012 @ 11:09 pm ACDT

The rules are always changing so it's difficult to keep up to date, but I believe "international rookies" are still somewhat separate to "rookies", and clubs can sign them on whenever they want.  So really Simon would've been signed on when the announcement was made, rather than during today's rookie draft, despite what the first paragraph of the article says.

Starling was signed under the International Scholarship Scheme.  This ties him to the club and I believe he can train etc, but Sydney would have to move him up to an International Rookie to be eligible to play in a given year.  So scholarship is a step behind International Rookie.

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