The Recruit is an Australian rules football reality television series that began airing on Fox8 from 16 July 2014. The winner of the show will be drafted to an Australian Football League (AFL) club's rookie list via a special draft in September, at the end of each series. They will be listed as Category B rookie the same as an international player or someone who hasn't played for more than 3 years.
The first series was hosted by Ryan Fitzgerald and featured Michael Voss as the head coach. Mick Malthouse replaced Voss as head coach for the second series. Other key members of the program are former Hawthorn player Ben Dixon as Assistant Coach, Leigh Russell as the Elite Performance Manager and Port Adelaide fitness coach Darren Burgess as the High Performance Coach.
Contestants must not have been previously selected to an AFL club list, be over 20 years of age and have not played in a senior state league in the past 2 years.
On 18 September 2014, the series was renewed for a second season. Originally scheduled to air in 2015, it was later announced it would air in 2016 due to multiple factors, one of which being the departure of Voss as coach. On 3 August 2015, it was announced Gary Buckenara would be a scout in the second season, and that Fitzgerald will not return as host (although he did return as host for the live finale). The second season began on 20 July 2016.