BIRREGURRA’S Campbell Floyd and Colac’s Dylan Hodge have earned a chance to impress in front of AFL selectors.
The Geelong Falcons footballers received invitations to screen in front of recruiters at the state NAB AFL Draft Combine after getting interest from at least two AFL clubs.
Ninety-one draft hopefuls will attend state-based testing days in Melbourne on October 4, Adelaide on October 11 and Perth on October 12.
Falcons regional manager Michael Turner said the top-age players had shown plenty of potential.
“Campbell is sort of a developing player, he’s quite skinny but he’s building up,” he said.
“We sent him back to Birre a few weeks ago to get his confidence back up and he did that, now he’s back with us playing good footy, hopefully he can keep his form up and have a good finals series.”
Turner said Hodge, the younger brother of Hawthorn AFL premiership captain Luke Hodge, had overcome injuries and was playing consistent football with the Falcons in between Associated Public School football commitments with Geelong Grammar.
“He’s been heavily involved with cricket over the years, but he’s really concentrated on his football with us this season,” he said.
“He captained Geelong Grammar’s footy team and now school footy’s over we’ll hope he’ll finish the season well with us.
“But AFL clubs are interested in Dylan Hodge, not just because he’s Luke’s brother, because he’s a different player than Luke was, he’s bigger.”
Turner said the Falcons’ high performance staff would continue to train Floyd and Hodge following the completion of the TAC Cup season in the lead-up to October’s combine.
“They’ll still train two nights a week and work specifically with their fitness doing things like 20-metre sprints, beep tests and mobility tests,” he said.