AFL Draftees

Frankston VFL Football Club has always been proud to be a stand alone club. This gives all our players the best opportunity to play great football and be noticed by the relevant powers! All of which is evident in our success over the years of having the most players drafted into the AFL.

Mark BAGULEY ** Rookie listed (pick #47) by Essendon in 2012. The defender / on baller was recruited by Frankston from Langwarrin in the MPNFL (Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League). He played at Frankston for three seasons, coming second in their best and fairest in 2011. He debuted for Essendon in Round 16, 2012 against Port Adelaide at Football Park.
Matthew BOYD Rookie listed (pick #23) by Western Bulldogs in 2002. Western Bulldogs captain from 2011 to present. Boyd is the grand nephew of Australian football vendor icon Johnny Boyd better known as the (Peanut Man). In 2009 Boyd was rewarded for a strong season with selection in the 2009 All-Australian Team & winning his first Charles Sutton Medal (Best and Fairest) award. On the 21 January 2011, he was announced as the new captain for the Western Bulldogs. Boyd relished the Bulldogs captaincy and continued his good form and was rewarded with his second All-Australian selection and second Charlie Sutton Medal. In 2012, the Bulldogs failed to make the finals for the second consecutive season, Boyd won a third Charles Sutton Medal. Boyd’s importance to the young playing group on and off the field was recognized with a new one-year contract in July 2014, which he signed in September. In November, Luke Beveridge was appointed as the Bulldogs’ new senior coach and fellow veteran Robert Murphy was appointed captain the following week. During the 2015 season, the Bulldogs’ player list management had contemplated delisting Boyd along with fellow veteran Dale Morris at the end of the season. But Beveridge objected to the idea, insisting that both players still had much to contribute by way of experience. The Bulldogs announced one-year extensions for both Boyd and Morris in the lead up to the Elimination Final against Adelaide, which the Bulldogs began well but ended up losing by seven points. In 2016, Boyd was recognized for another outstanding season with his third selection in the All Australian team; he averaged 27 possessions per game with a kicking efficiency of 77 percent. In addition, his leadership in defence was crucial in a season where the Bulldogs struggled with injury, losing captain Bob Murphy to a serious knee injury in Round 3, and Jason Johannisen, Easton Wood and Dale Morris all suffering hamstring injuries at various stages of the season. Despite the shocking run with injuries, the Bulldogs managed to qualify for the finals with 15 wins. What followed was the most memorable month in the club’s history. Finishing the home-and-away season in seventh position, the Bulldogs stunned the football world with a 47-point win over the previous season’s runner-up West Coast in Perth, then triumphed in the Semi Final at the MCG against Hawthorn, the team which had won the last three premierships, before finally breaking their Preliminary Final hoodoo, downing premiership favourites Greater Western Sydney in an epic encounter to reach their first Grand Final since 1961. In one of the most sentimental Grand Finals in recent memory, the Bulldogs broke a 62-year drought, pulling away in the final minutes to claim the premiership and sparking a great outpouring of emotion from the football public.Boyd was rated among the Bulldogs’ best players, gathering 27 disposals and rebounding from the opposition 50 seven times. Two weeks after the momentous victory, Boyd confirmed after some speculation that he would play on the following season by signing a new one-year contract. In 2017 in the Bulldogs’ final pre-season match against Gold Coast, Boyd sustained an accidental injury when Peter Wright made contact with the elbow to his right ear. The impact caused a tear which required reconstructive surgery. After the surgery, Boyd trained in protective headgear in a bid to be ready for the Round 1 match at the MCG against Collingwood. Boyd formally announced his retirement on August 8. Boyd played the final game of his career in round 23 where he collected 33 disposals and 1 goal in a 9 point loss to Hawthorn. In September 2017, just weeks after his final AFL game, Boyd was appointed by Collingwood as a development coach as part of the club’s academy program.
Mitch Cox Drafted to Brisbane Lions in 2022.
Chris BRYAN Drafted by Carlton (pick #73) in 2004. Joined Collingwood in 2007. After his AFL career ended in 2009 the ruckman played in the NFL with Green Bay Packers & Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2010) and New York Jets (2011) as a punter. Currently plays with Bonbeach FNC in MPNFL (2015). AFL CAREER: 46 games – 19 goals
Aaron EDWARDS Won J.J. Liston Trophy (18 votes) and Frost Miller Medal (100 goals) in 2006 with Frankston. Edwards of Samoan heritage was originally rookie listed (pick #9) by West Coast Eagles in 2003 from the Dandenong Stingrays in the TAC Cup competition. Edwards was e-drafted (pick #43) by North Melbourn in 2006 after becoming the last player at VFL level to kick one hundred goals in a season. Traded to Richmond in 2012. Currently plays with Pines FNC in MPNFL (2015). AFLCAREER: 94 games – 139 goals
Ryan FERGUSON Drafted by Melbourne ( pick #66) in 2002. Spent a total of five seasons with the Demons playing 47 matches mainly as a defender. After being delisted at the end of the 2007 season joined West Adelaide in the SANFL were upon he won three Best and Fairest awards in 2008, 2009 and 2012. Retired at the end of the 2014 season after playing at Williamstown in the VFL for one season. AFL CAREER: 47 games – 6 goals
Michael HIBBERD ** After spending the 2008 season with the Dandenong Stingrays in the TAC Cup, he missed out on selection in the 2008 AFL draft, which saw him spend two seasons in the Victorian Football League (VFL) with the Frankston Football Club. After winning Frankston’s best and fairest and the Fothergill-Round Medal as the VFL’s most promising young player in 2010, he was recruited by the Essendon Football Club with the fourth selection in the 2011 pre-season draft. Hibberd made his AFL debut during the 2011 season and in the same year, he was forced to miss the second half of the year after a club-imposed suspension due to an assault charge. His next four years at the club saw him rewarded with the club rising star award and three top-ten finishes in the best and fairest count. After being suspended for the entire 2016 season due to his involvement in the Essendon supplements saga, he was traded to the Melbourne Football Club during the 2016 trade period. His first season with Melbourne saw him receive All-Australian honours and represent Australia in the International Rules Series.
Sam LLOYD ** Recruited by Frankston from Mount Eliza in the MPNFL. Drafted by Richmond (pick #66) in 2013. Kicked three goals on debut versus Collingwood (MCG) Round 4-2013. Traded to the Western Bulldogs for 2019 in the second week of the trade period. He previously played 57 matches with Richmond over five years at the club. Lloyd plays as a midfielder and small forward and is renowned for his goal-sense and ability to win forward line one-on-one contests. He was recruited from state-league football as a mature-age player in 2013. While senior listed at Richmond in 2017, he won the Norm Goss Memorial Medal as best on ground during the club’s reserves grand final in the VFL.
Kyle MARTIN Drafted by (pick #13) by Collingwood in 2013 Rookie Draft. Won the 2012 Best and Fairest at Frankston in his first season at the club having been recruited from Noble Park. Won two consecutive Best and Fairest awards (Joseph Wren Memorial Trophy) with the Magpies VFL Team (2013 & 2014). Surprisingly retired from the AFL at end of 2014 season at the age of just 24. Returned to Noble Park in the Eastern Football League in 2015. AFL CAREER: 6 games – 7 goals
Nic NEWMAN ** Drafted by the Sydney Swans (pick #35) in 2014 Rookie Draft. Won the 2014 Fothergill-Round Medal as the league’s best young talent in the VFL. He made his debut in the twenty-three point loss against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium in round 2, 2017. At the conclusion of the 2018 season, Newman was traded to Carlton.
Leigh OSBORNE Drafted by Gold Coast Suns (pick #2) 2013 Rookie Draft. Originally joined Frankston from East Ringwood in the Eastern Football League. Played just one senior match at the Suns and was delisted at the end of the 2014 season. Currently with Port Melbourne in the VFL. AFL CAREER: 1 game – 0 goals
Dylan VAN UNEN Drafted by Essendon (pick #51) in 2012 National Draft. Recruited by Frankston from the Box Hill Hawks, Van Unen made just one senior appearance for the Bombers and was delisted at the end of the 2014 season. Currently with Port Melbourne in the VFL. AFL CAREER 1 game – 0 goals

** – denotes still currently playing at AFL level.