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Son of AFL legend set to join Kangaroos

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By Steve Larkin in Adelaide
Source: AAP

The son of North Melbourne legend Glenn Archer is set to join the Kangaroos as a father-son selection at next month’s AFL draft.

Jackson Archer, 18, is described as having similar traits to his famously combative father.

“When you see him play you know straight away whose son he is, he’s aggressive and highly competitive,” North’s football manager Brady Rawlings said in a statement on Friday.

“It’s a good foundation to build on in today’s footy.”

Glenn Archer, acclaimed as North’s ‘Shinboner of the Century’ in 2005, played 311 games including two premierships for the Roos as a hard-nosed backman.

His son is also a defender though smaller than his father, who after retiring had two stints on North’s board – a role he relinquished in July this year.

The Kangaroos will secure Jackson at the national draft on November 24-25, being able to match any bid for him from a rival club – if a bid doesn’t come, they can select him with their last pick.

North have the No.1 pick at the draft and have told standout South Australian prospect Jason Horne-Francis they will select him, while the club also hold selections 20, 42, 47, 72 and 77.

The Roos will delist injury-prone wingman Jared Polec but have assured the 29-year-old they will again pick him up via the rookie draft.

The move was designed to offer greater flexibility to bring in younger talent at the draft, Rawlings said.

“We’ve obviously got a couple of premium selections at the top end of the draft,” he said.

“But having more picks after that provides a great opportunity to bring in some talented players.

“Jared’s cooperation with this list option has been appreciated and will not affect his opportunities at AFL level in any way.”

Polec, who joined North in 2019 from Port Adelaide after having a previous stint at Brisbane, played only five AFL games in 2021 because of hamstring injuries.

Elsewhere, Gold Coast have added the nephew of motorsport legend Peter Brock to their rookie list for 2022.

Sandy Brock, a key position player from Darwin, is the third Northern Territory product to join the Suns’ AFL list since they entered a partnership with the NT government in 2019.

The 198cm 18-year-old was one of two academy pre-selections added to the club’s rookie list along with Gold Coast product Bodhi Uwland.

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