MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 04: Massimo D'Ambrosio of the Jets handballs during the NAB League match between Gippsland Power and the Western Jets at Morwell Football Ground on July 4, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Martin Keep/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Richmond are reportedly among the clubs keeping a close eye on potential Mid-Season draftee Massimo D’Ambrosio ahead of the June 1 intake.

D’Ambrosio has sparked a scintillating run of form ahead of the Mid-Season Draft, impressing in both of the Young Gun's recent matches against Vic Country and Vic Metro.

The offensive-minded defender joined fellow Mid-Season hopeful Jai Culley in being among the Young Gun's best in their 59-point win over Vic Metro, collecting 24 possessions, six tackles and nine rebound 50s at half-back.

The teenager backed up his strong efforts with a 32-disposal outing against Vic Country last week, once again standing out in a showcase match for AFL talent scouts.

The top-aged Western Jets defender has forged a sturdy 2022 campaign, having featured for Richmond's VFL side, in the NAB League, and more recently with the Young Guns.

D’Ambrosio has been named to play for the Tigers' reserves in Saturday's VFL clash with Essendon at the MCG, looking to further prove his worth against ready-made talent.


The chance could also ascend the Tigers' interest in the 19-year-old, with The Herald Sun reporting Richmond are among several VFL sides to have D’Ambrosio on their radar for the Mid-Season Draft.

The Point Cook product is also understood to have gained some level of interest from Sydney, Hawthorn and Geelong.

The trio of clubs currently have open list spots for the Mid-Season Draft after holding positions open following the Pre-Season Supplemental Selection Period.

The Tigers were able to step into the Mid-Season Draft frame following Josh Caddy's retirement earlier this month.

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Among the quartet of clubs reportedly interested in D’Ambrosio, Hawthorn would firm as the strongest chance to swoop on the dashing defender, with Sam Mitchell's side likely to land earlier in the draft.

The Mid-Season Draft order will be finalised at the conclusion of Round 11, with clubs to pick in reverse ladder order.

The Hawks are currently positioned in 13th, while the Tigers, Cats and Swans sit in eighth, seventh and fifth respectively.