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AFL draft Covid-19 outbreak, staff member who attended London Tavern tests positive, national draft

Some of the stars of the future were in attendance at the London Tavern, which was visited by an AFL club staff member who has tested positive to Covid-19. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)
Some of the stars of the future were in attendance at the London Tavern, which was visited by an AFL club staff member who has tested positive to Covid-19. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

An AFL club staff member who attended the first night of the 2021 National Draft has tested positive to Covid-19.

In a statement released Thursday, the AFL confirmed the staff member was present at Marvel Stadium, before attending an official event at the London Tavern in Richmond, where they had “minimal contact” with others.

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Those in attendance at the London Tavern, including highly-rated first-round draft picks Finn Callaghan, Nick Daicos, Sam Darcy and Mac Andrew, have been instructed to monitor for symptoms.

“The AFL encourages everyone in the community to closely follow the Victorian Government and AFL health protocols and guidelines in place and to continue to monitor for symptoms,” the AFL said in a statement.

All off the staff member’s workplace contacts have been identified and have tested negative to Covid-19.

The second night of the AFL draft will proceed on Thursday under stricter health guidelines.

All attendees will be required to undergo Covid-19 rapid antigen testing upon arrival at Marvel Stadium and once onsite, must wear face masks.

In order to minimise movement, those in attendance will move to their allocated areas and remain there.

(Top L-R) Ben Hobbs of the Bombers, Finn Callaghan of the Giants, Mac Andrew of the Suns, Sam Darcy of the Bulldogs, Josh Gibcus of the Tigers, Nick Daicos of the Magpies, (bottom L-R) Josh Ward of the Hawks, Campbell Chesser of the Eagles, Josh Rachele of the Crows and Josh Sinn of the Power pose for photos during the NAB AFL Draft at the London Tavern on November 24, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)
(Top L-R) Ben Hobbs of the Bombers, Finn Callaghan of the Giants, Mac Andrew of the Suns, Sam Darcy of the Bulldogs, Josh Gibcus of the Tigers, Nick Daicos of the Magpies, (bottom L-R) Josh Ward of the Hawks, Campbell Chesser of the Eagles, Josh Rachele of the Crows and Josh Sinn of the Power pose for photos during the NAB AFL Draft at the London Tavern on November 24, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

On Wednesday, North Melbourne selected versatile South Australian Jason Horne-Francis with the first pick of the 2021 AFL Draft.

Horne-Francis was the first number one pick to hail from South Australia since Carlton selected Bryce Gibbs in 2006.

As expected, two promising father-son picks featured in the top ten — Sam Darcy (pick two) will follow in his father Luke’s footsteps by joining the Western Bulldogs, while Nick Daicos (pick four), son of Collingwood great Peter, lands at the Magpies.

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