St Kilda has selected Murray Bushrangers midfielder Doulton Langlands with pick No. 8 in Monday afternoon’s Rookie Draft.
Langlands was a member of Greater Western Sydney’s academy in recent years and played 25 games across the past two years in the TAC Cup.
He also represented the Allies in the under-18 national championships in the middle of this year.
Renowned for his speed and his damaging kick, Langlands has some traits that could excel at the highest level.
The 18-year-old is the second player the Saints have acquired from the Murray Bushrangers this year, after the club picked midfielder Ben Paton at No. 46 in Friday night’s NAB AFL Draft.
St Kilda State Recruiting Manager Chris Liberatore said the Saints had been monitoring Langlands for a couple of years and were attracted by his speed and penetrating kick.
“Doulton is a guy we’ve been following closely for the last couple of years,” Liberatore told saints.com.au on Monday night.
“We really liked his improvement especially through the back half of the year when he started playing on the wing and through the midfield.
“We like his ability run and carry and burst away from stoppages and use his speed and kick.
“We were quite impressed and really happy to have him.”
We would like to take this opportunity to commend Doulton on this incredible achievement. We are so proud of all the hard work you have put in and wish you all the best for your future in the AFL.