South Australian ruckman Keegan Brooksby was recruited by West Coast under a new supplementary rookie rule ahead of the 2019 season.
Gold Coast careerEdit
Originally from South Adelaide, Brooksby was picked up by Gold Coast in the 2015 rookie draft after winning the Panthers' best and fairest. He spent three years at the Suns, playing 14 games, before being delisted at the end of the 2017 season.
West Coast careerEdit
Brooksby returned to South Adelaide, and led the SANFL in hitouts in 2018 while co-captaining the Panthers.
Ahead of the 2018 national and rookie drafts, Brooksby withdrew his nomination as West Coast intended to sign him under a new rule permitting previously-listed AFL players to be added to the rookie list of the club of their choice in December, without having to go through the draft.
Brooksby started his West Coast career leading the ruck in the club's new standalone WAFL side, with the match committee preferring Tom Hickey and Nathan Vardy in the seniors, and later in the year spent more time forward as the club gave more responsibility to Bailey Williams. His efforts were honoured when he was named the inaugural winner of the reserves' Best and Fairest, but he was delisted at the end of the year.
Brooksby initially returned to South Adelaide, but on the eve of the 2020 season received another supplementary rookie spot, this time with Hawthorn.
- ↑ Marc McGowan, afl.com.au (20 November 2018), "Three to reignite AFL careers after quitting the draft": http://www.afl.com.au/news/2018-11-20/three-set-to-sign-with-clubs-after-withdrawing-from-draft