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Draft Combine Relocates to Melbourne

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

This year's NAB AFL Draft Combine will relocate from Canberra to Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.

Held in October prior to the NAB AFL Draft, the Draft Combine is a key part of the player talent identification process. The four-day event seeks to help identify potential AFL players who can combine athletic and mental ability with AFL skills.

AFL National Talent Manager Kevin Sheehan said a new tough and flexible portable sports floor will be purpose built for Etihad Stadium to provide a consistent surface for accurate testing.

"The Australian football industry is continually upgrading the talent pathway to meet the needs of young players and the AFL clubs. The new surface at Etihad Stadium will allow for accurate testing not only in 2011 but for years to come.

"The NAB AFL Draft Combine is continuing to grow in profile and is now an important event in the AFL calendar," Mr Sheehan said.

The 18th annual NAB AFL Draft Combine will be held from October 4-7 and to cater for the expanded 18-team competition, there will be 120 players in attendance, up from the 100 who attended in 2010.

The AIS High Performance team, lead by Professor David Pyne, will continue their involvement in conducting and collating the testing.

The NAB AFL Draft Combine is an element of the NAB AFL Rising Stars Program that has events running throughout the year. The program includes:

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