WENTWORTH’S Kobe Mutch and Jarrod Brander, along with South Mildura export Lochie O’Brien, have had a boost in their draft stocks after being named in the NAB AFL Academy.
Mutch has been named in the academy’s level two squad of 30 players eligible for next year’s AFL draft while Brander and O’Brien are in the level one squad in preparation for the 2017 draft.
He will now take part in an eight-month program under head coach Brenton Sanderson, former coach of the Adelaide Crows.
Sanderson, who was appointed coach of the academy earlier this year, leads the camps-based program, which will again include a high performance training trip to Florida’s IMG Academy facility in January.
The level one academy group, for 2017 draft prospects, has been broadened to 27 players after an impressive recent Under 16s championship. Victoria Country is the best represented state in the group with O’Brien one of nine players picked.
Brander is one of five New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory players picked.
The NAB AFL Academy aims to prepare the country’s best young players for the step up into senior AFL football.
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