Early-season blitz puts ruckman on Demons' NGA radar

on 23 April 2021
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MAC ANDREW has put his name on the map as a possible Next Generation Academy pick-up for Melbourne after the ruckman's exciting start to the NAB League season.

But it remains unclear if the AFL's new Next Generation Academy rules, which prohibit clubs from matching bids on their Academy talents within the first 20 selections, will affect any clubs in 2021 with fewer top-end NGA players than previous seasons.

Andrew, who was born in Egypt but whose parents are from South Sudan, is a 200cm ruckman for the Dandenong Stingrays and is tied to the Demons for this year's NAB AFL Draft.

He blitzed in the Stingrays' opening game of the season with 22 disposals, six clearances and 11 hitouts against Gippsland Power and took the eye of scouts with his athleticism, skills and movement across the ground. He had 12 disposals and 24 hitouts on Sunday in the Stingrays' loss to Greater Western Victoria Rebels.

The Dees will have first access to Andrew, but only if a bid comes for the longer-term prospect after pick 20, after significant changes to the NGA system last year following clubs' cutback of investment in the program.

CLICK HERE for full article by Cal Twomey on afl.com.au