With the dust settling on another draft period, AFL clubs and their new recruits begin to turn their attention toward pre-season training in preparation for the 2023 season.

Some clubs have already injected their new wave of young stars into their programs for the summer ahead, while others will require longer development plans before earnign their debut in the top flight.

With some players brought in to have an immediate impact and others seen as project players for the future, we list the draftee at each AFL club that could land a debut in Round 1, 2023.



Will Ashcroft 

Despite the Lions adding Josh Dunkley to their midfield cohort this off-season, there's sure to be room for Brisbane's prized youngster in Ashcroft.

Lions recruiters were already of the view that the flashy midfielder could've played AFL level this season, and he even featured in three appearances for their VFL side this year.

The teenager averaged 29.3 disposals, 7.2 tackles and 5 clearances from his trio of outings at the state league level against senior talent, even polling three votes for the J.J. Liston Trophy.

Will Ashcroft and Marcus Ashcroft during the 2022 AFL National Draft (Photo by Cameron Grimes / Zero Digital Sports)

While Dunkley, Lachie Neale and Hugh McCluggage will lead Chris Fagan's engine room, you'll still find Ashcroft roaming the centre square as early as Round 1 next year.