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Taj Woewodin joins reigning premiers Melbourne Demons

With their last pick in the national draft Melbourne took Taj Woewodin, the son of former demons Brownlow medallist Shane.

The quick midfielder from WA arrives at the club his dad won a Brownlow medal at in 2000 before moving to Collingwood for the latter part of his career.

“It’s very special for Taj and his family. It’s a wonderful story for him to follow in the footsteps of his dad, he has really earnt it. He is a terrific kid, he works very hard on his game. He has improved every week really,” Demons recruiting boss Jason Taylor said.

While the selection was a feel good story, Taylor said the decision was not a sentimental one.

“It’s a difficult decision because of that (sentiment) but you can’t allow that to influence really. There’s always a little bit of a wrestle with it but when we are making final decisions you just have to put them in an order. You would like it to be sentimental but the short answer is no (sentiment doesn’t come into it).”

Like his dad he plays on ball, though he is probably quicker than his father who was a good endurance runner.

The father: Shane Woewodin and his Brownlow win in 2000.

The father: Shane Woewodin and his Brownlow win in 2000.Credit:Sebastian Costanzo

“He has played everywhere this year … he has played predominantly mid but at national level on a wing, half-forward, half-back and been successful in all areas. We see his game growing as a midfielder. His inside game has taken off this year.”

Earlier the Demons picked up key forward Jake Van Rooyen and versatile running player Blake Howes.

“We targeted a bit of need because we didn’t think the gap in talent was too much of a bridge and we looked at areas of the ground (of need) with a young key forward coming through.



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