Brisbane pounce on Robertson in AFL draft

Roger Vaughan

Buoyed by support from the likes of Nat Fyfe, AFL draftee Deven Robertson has a point to prove.

The WA under-18 captain was embarrassed on Wednesday night when he was the only invited player not taken in the draft's first round.

But after a night of minimal sleep, Robertson was the first player taken when the draft resumed on Thursday night at Melbourne's Marvel Stadium.

Brisbane traded with Port Adelaide to secure the opening pick of the second round and pounced on him.

"Being overlooked by so many clubs I do feel like I will have an opportunity to prove them wrong a little bit," Robertson said after the Lions recruited him.

"But I definitely don't hold any grudges against those clubs - I know it's a business.

"I'm definitely not angry, but I do feel like I have a little bit of a point to prove."

Moments after Robertson's torment was ended, Gold Coast engineered a blockbuster live trade of picks with Geelong.

The Suns gave up next year's first-round pick, which was given to them as part of their AFL assistance package.

At this stage, it gives Geelong the No.11 selection in next year's draft.

The Suns then used pick No.27 to secure Jeremy Sharp, with coach Stuart Dew travelling to WA to present him with his guernsey.

Gold Coast also have a full list, meaning Jack Martin has definitely left and will probably go to Carlton in Friday's pre-season draft.

Veteran Cats recruiter Stephen Wells was busy on Thursday night, also pulling off the big smoky selection of the draft.

He used pick No.41 to recruit small forward Francis Jones, who spent most of this season in the Victorian amateurs.

The second night moves also featured two father-son selections this year, with Port Adelaide taking Jackson Mead at No.25.

He is the son of former Power player Darren Mead.

Hawthorn then matched Sydney's bid at No.29 to take Finn Maginness, whose Dad is two-time Hawks premiership player Scott Maginness.

But no-one was happier on Thursday night than Robertson.

He said Fremantle captain and two-time Brownlow Medallist Fyfe was among several people to offer support after Wednesday's setback.

"He (Fyfe) sent me quite a lengthy text and just said that it was just a little bump in the road," he said.

Robertson said sitting through the first night of the draft had been tough and he and his family thought about returning to Perth.

"It was embarrassing being the only person left in the room and seeing all of the other boys walk out on stage and not being up there," he said.

"But I'm on top of the world now, I can't wipe the smile off my face.

"I didn't want to run away from what had happened. I wanted to go home a drafted man."

Robertson is the nephew of former West Coast captain Darren Glass.