Melbourne has signed former College basketballer Corey Maynard in the face of stiff competition from at least four other clubs.
The older brother of Collingwood defender Brayden Maynard joined the Demons on Wednesday as a category B rookie.
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Maynard, 24, has not played competitive football for seven years, but kicked 14 goals in his last game in Year 10 at Sacred Heart College in Adelaide.
At 191cm, it is hoped the former Australian under-23 point guard will develop into a tough and powerful midfielder.
Demons’ national recruiting chief Jason Taylor has chased Maynard for three years and remained in contact as he played College basketball in America, before playing in the NBL in Queensland for Cairns and Townsville in recent seasons.