An explosive inside midfielder, McKercher becomes the latest Tasmanian to make Arden St his footballing home. Unerring on his preferred left foot, he averaged 33 disposals for the Allies in their under-18 title win and was named a joint winner of the Coates Talent League's Morrish Medal.
He combines pace with precision, and has already shown he can mix it with more seasoned opponents, earning 20 touches for the AFL Academy side in their win over Carlton's VFL team.
The high-leaping Duursma is the third member of his family to join an AFL club, following older brother Xavier, who was recently traded to Essendon, and sister Yasmin at Port Adelaide.
Along with his aerial skill he is highly rated for his poise and decision-making, and proved in this year's under-18 national championships that he has a keen eye for goals. He kicked four in a standout performance in Vic Country's final game against Vic Metro, to go along with 10 marks and 22 possessions, and finished the year with 42 goals across all competitions.
In November last year, the multitalented Goad was eyeing a college basketball career. Twelve months on, the towering South Australian is on his way to Arden St, where he will become the tallest Roo on the club's list.
He combines height with raw pace, having run the 20m sprint at the Draft Combine in an impressive 2.96 seconds, and can mix it with the smalls at ground level, making him an exciting prospect for the future.
Position: Key defender
A key position prospect hailing from Leongatha in South Gippsland, Dawson is capable of playing at both ends of the ground.
Although one of the youngest players in this year's draft pool, he belied his age by impressing for Vic Country in the under-18s carnival, underlining his versatility by also spending time in the ruck.
The Kangaroos' fifth first-round selection on a huge opening draft night, Hardeman combines leadership experience with great promise as a line-busting defender.
He captained Western Australia in this year's under-18 championships, where he averaged 18.5 disposals before proving himself against bigger bodies for Swan Districts in the WAFL. Spring-heeled and pacey, he promises to add a dynamic new dimension to the Kangaroos' backline.
Selected with the second pick in the 2023 Rookie Draft, Maley further bolsters the club's tall stocks.
The 197cm prospect has a basketball background and can play both in the ruck or up forward. He played 13 games for the Bullants at VFL level this season before catching recruiters' attention by booting six goals in Eltham's recent premiership win.