Alvie youngster Tyler Flanigan will have a chance to join the TAC Cup ranks after Geelong Falcons officials invited the footballer to train with the club.
Falcons coach Andrew Allthorpe said the AFL pathway competition’s ladder leader was keen to have a look at Flanigan after he earned a glowing reference from Swans coach and respected mentor Dan Casey.
The 17-year-old has translated his dominant form in junior football to the senior ranks at Alvie this season.
Casey told the Colac Herald last month he was surprised Flanigan wasn’t in Falcons contention over the pre-season after claiming the CDFL under-17.5 league best-and-fairest in 2015.
But a conversation between Casey and Geelong officials prompted Allthorpe to make contact with Flanigan, and the talented midfielder trained with the club for the first time last night.
“Dan was talking to one of our recruiters about him and he gave Dan my number,” Allthorpe said.
“I had a chat to Dan and he’s playing good footy down there, so we thought we’d give him an opportunity.
“Once we get familiar with him we’re going to have more of an idea of where he’s at and what he wants.
“We’re always looking to get new talent in and there’s plenty in Colac and district.”