Colac footballer Ethan Floyd is on track for a career in the AFL after receiving an invitation to this year’s NAB AFL Draft Combine.
The Geelong Falcons representative is one of 83 players from around Australia invited to the combine in October at Etihad Stadium, having received nominations from at least four AFL clubs.
The invitation continues a breakout season for Floyd, who played three games with Vic Country in this year’s AFL Under-18 Championships.
Falcons coach Dan O’Keefe said Floyd’s invitation was well deserved for his hard work.
“We’ve always rated Ethan really highly, he is one of our best ball carriers, kicks and runners,” he said.
“He tests well endurance-wise which is great for combines, but he also uses the ball really well in games.
“He played well for Vic Country, he had really good games against Western Australia and in the practice match, so he’s really
making the most of his opportunities.”
O’Keefe said finding a position best suited to Floyd had allowed him to take his game to new heights in his second season with the Falcons.
He has averaged 17.6 disposals, 4.2 marks and ranked among the best players three times in his 10 games in 2017.
“We’re probably playing him in a position better suited to him, early on he was playing off the half back but now he’s on the wing,
giving him more freedom to run and carry,” O’Keefe said.
“As a coach you want to play your players in positions and game styles that enhance their strength and talent.”
The combine will run for four days from October 3 to 6.
Officials will split players into eight groups based on their positions for four days of testing.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.