Jake Kolodjashnij among Cats draft booty as Stephen Wells goes 'local' with first pick

21 November 2013 11:48 AM

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Jake Kolodjashnij among Cats draft booty as Stephen Wells goes 'local' with first pick

THE Kolodjashnij twins will be separated on their pathway into AFL football, but you would not have known it from the cheers that went up last night.

It had been tipped prior to the draft that Launceston footballers Kade and Jake Kolodjashnij could both be picked up by Gold Coast.

Kade was, with selection five, but it was Geelong who took Jake, with pick 41.

A cheer went up from the audience - from where the twins' parents were seated - when the Cats used their third selection on Jake.

"Jake's mum and dad were here, and with his brother (Kade) going as well, it's just a great story," Geelong's recruiting manager Stephen Wells said last night.

Gold Coast was delighted to take Kade, a rebounding half-back, with the club's list and strategy manager Scott Clayton confident he will be a ready-made player for the Suns.

"Kade is a very exciting player with unbelievable athletic attributes and has got a great step," Clayton said.

The Cats used their first selection - pick 16 - on a local, highly-rated Geelong Falcons midfielder Darcy Lang, who is recovering from a broken leg.

"Darcy is a high-quality midfielder," he said. "All the medical reports are that he is going very well and is expected to make a full recovery."

"He doesn't get drafted because he is a local. Darcy has earned his pick by being a top quality player and a good young man who we think is going to fit into our club well."

Geelong also picked Jarrad Jansen, "a big-bodied midfielder" from East Fremantle.

Source: heraldsun.com.au

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