MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 05: Jake Melksham of the Demons celebrates a goal with Jack Viney of the Demons (R) during the round three AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Essendon Bombers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 05, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Prominent AFL player manager Liam Pickering believes clubs have been given the opportunity to take advantage of the upcoming mid-season draft.

The May 27 draft will be the first of its kind in the AFL, with over 300 players nominating to be selected and join a senior list for the second half of the 2019 season.

The draft was established and intended for clubs to pick up ready-made players in order to plug injury- and retirement-related holes in lists for the short term, although Pickering believes clubs could take a different approach into the draft.

“I think you’ll see clubs looking at the draft saying: ‘We get a bloke in who’s 26 who can fill a hole for us, unless they’re right near the top, they’re going to have to pick up the speed of AFL for a start so what do they do?” Pickering told SEN Breakfast.

“They take the best young kid available, give him a six-month window into our club and he gets a jump on next season.

“He’s already six months in and had six months of learning what we’re doing.

“You’re looking at maybe a 10-year career.

“(Clubs will say) we won’t have to use pick 40 on this kid because we’ll already have him.”

A number of ex-AFL players have applied for the draft with Cory Gregson, Brady Grey, Mitch Hibberd and Declan Mountford among the 22 who will be tested by the clubs.