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Clubs seek out Sharks wingman
Clubs seek out Sharks wingman

East Fremantle wingman Josh Simpson will have 11th-hour meetings this morning with a swag of clubs on the Gold Coast, potentially having a major impact on the order of the national draft.

The on-baller arrived in Queens- land yesterday after spending several weeks at home in Yalgoo, 200km east of Geraldton.

He will be WA's only representative at the draft.

But with clubs only recently learning that Simpson has a one-year-old daughter, recruiters are keen to learn more about his personal life before deciding on their final draft order.

Many weren't aware when they interviewed him at last month's draft combine that he is a father.

Simpson was considered almost certain to join Gold Coast at pick 13 and become a teammate of WA youngsters David Swallow, Harley Bennell, Jaeger O'Meara, Jack Martin and Brandon Matera.

But he could possibly still be available when Fremantle enter the draft with the 17th selection, giving them the option of choosing a sublime WA midfielder or an interstate key-position player.

The Dockers need to rebuild their key-position stocks but would find it difficult to overlook such a talented home-grown product.

Adelaide won't have to meet Simpson this morning, after forfeiting picks 20 and 54 yesterday in preparation for the hearing into Kurt Tippett's controversial contractual dealings.

The Crows, facing a series of charges tomorrow week, said the decision to forego early picks was a goodwill gesture.

"We are in ongoing discussions with the AFL," Adelaide chairman Rob Chapman said. "This gesture forms part of those discussions and is made in good faith."

AFL football operations general manager Adrian Anderson said he would recommend to the AFL Commission that the Crows' stance be taken into consideration when determining any penalties.

The Crows have already recruited one of the best players from this year's draft pool, with Victorian Brad Crouch joining the club last year through the GWS mini draft.

Crouch was ineligible to play AFL in 2012 but is expected to have an immediate impact next year.

WA players won't be as prominent in the early rounds as in previous years.

Sandover medallist Kane Mitchell could be chosen by a Victorian club late in the draft, while former Docker Dylan Roberton has nominated in an attempt to join a Victorian club.

Nick Lower and Jesse Crichton, who were de-listed by the Dockers last week but have continued training with the club, have not nominated. Fremantle are keen for them to remain with the club next season, and they will nominate for next month's pre-season and rookie drafts.

"We are in ongoing discussions with the AFL. This gesture forms part of those discussions."" Adelaide's *Rob Chapman *on forfeiting draft picks