. . MAX Holmes wasn't sure what Geelong was up to when he traded his 2021 first-round selection for Richmond to move up the draft board and no. 20th. He was then motionless when the cats used this selection for the Sandringham Dragons product just moments later. "I wasn't sure what was going on: I kind of ruled Geelong out because they didn't have many draft picks this year," Holmes told krockfootball. com. ouch. "And then they picked 20 and I thought, 'Wait a minute, OK, that's interesting, I wonder who they're going to pick here. "" Then my name came up and it was just a shock. I didn't even move. “My whole family was jumping up and down and I was stuck in my chair. I was overwhelmed. Holmes' mother Lee Naylor, a star junior runner who competed 400m in the Oceania Championships last year, represented Australia in the 1996 Olympics and won a bronze medal in the 1995 4x400m relay team at the 1995 World Championships. She also won gold in 4 x 400m at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. Stephen Wells, Geelong's head of recruitment and listing, was unwilling to wait for the cats' first pick, which would have been no. 32 to catch the Melbourne Grammar product. "We felt like we wouldn't get it if we didn't act to get it there," Wells said. "He was a player we thought was a real first-round pick this year, despite not being well known. So we made the deal with Richmond and we were very happy to name Max. ". "He's a great runner. He's a competitor, he has an elite sports mentality. "He will give himself every opportunity to have a successful career. After an offer for the Sydney Academy product, Errol Gulden was selected at selection no. 32 used by the Swans, Geelong Pick No.. 33 to continue his love affair with Western Australia by snapping Shannon Neale of South Fremantle forward 6 feet. "There was some interest there (from the cats)," said Neale. “They spoke to my manager and they said there was some interest in the tips they have and where I could sit. “Nothing can be predicted at night. I was there and they were happy enough to take me in and I am very grateful for the opportunity they gave me. "Like Holmes, Wells says that Neale has some formidable athletic qualities. ". "He's a really good developing big player and versatile as a ruckman / striker," said Wells. “He's one that we'd expect to take a little time to develop, but he has all the qualities you are looking for in a young, developing Ruckman. "It was a rare design for the cats that they didn't choose a Geelong hawk. However, GWV Rebels product Nick Stevens took part in Geelong grammar, so Geelong has had a good look at the 192cm defender in recent years. "Nick has been a high profile player throughout his career with the Rebels and Geelong Grammar," said Wells. "He's a great player and he can too . . .