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Second chance: Gallucci to train with Tigers

Former first-round draft pick Jordan Gallucci is vying for an AFL lifeline at Richmond with the former Adelaide midfielder invited to train at Punt Road in a bid to win a second chance.

The midfielder, 22, was delisted at the end of 2020 after 27 games with the Crows where he was taken at pick 15 in the 2016 draft. The athletic Victorian struggled with injuries during his time at West Lakes while also falling out of favour under Matthew Nicks before a season-ending Achilles injury last year.

Jordan Gallucci during his draft year.

Jordan Gallucci during his draft year.Credit:AFL Media/Getty Images

Gallucci joins Nick Couroupis (West Adelaide), Josh Green (Marist AFC, ACT), Rhyan Mansell (Woodville-West Torrens), Derek Eggmolesse-Smith (delisted Tiger) in being invited to train with Richmond in the hope of winning a pre-season supplemental selection period spot. The Tigers have two spots available for players, which can be filled either during the pre-season window or via the mid-season draft where they famously plucked Marlion Pickett in 2019. Pickett is now a dual premiership player.

Gallucci had signed to play with Williamstown in the new-look VFL this year.

St Kilda have also looked to an Adelaide discard, offering a pre-season trial for ruckman Paul Hunter. The big man, 27, did not play an AFL game with the Crows.

Hunter was set to play with South Adelaide in the SANFL this year. That club has lost a stack of mature ruckman to AFL clubs in recent years, with Hayden McLean, Michael Knoll and Keegan Brooksby (twice) all plucked by clubs in the national competition.

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