Emerging Colac footballers Ethan Floyd and Adam Garner will have an opportunity to step up to the VFL next year after earning pre-season invitations from Geelong.
Floyd and Garner are among four Tigers to receive invitations, along with Zach Zdybel and Ethan’s brother Campbell Floyd.
Fellow Colac footballers and 2018 VFL-listed players Sam McLachlan and Luke Hillman missed out.
Geelong VFL team co-ordinator Nathan Tweddle said the club was excited to give key-position player Garner and utility Floyd an opportunity, with pre-season training to begin on November 26.
The former Geelong Falcons premiership teammates both trained with the Cats this year, with Floyd even getting an opportunity as the Cats’ 23rd man in a round 13 win against Werribee.
“Ethan came into our program mid-year after finishing with the Falcons and played one game,” Tweddle said.
“We’re excited about him doing a full pre-season,” he said.
“And Adam spent a bit of time training with us in the back half of the season, he had a good year with Colac and he’s keen to give it a crack full time.”
Floyd enjoyed an impressive first season in the Geelong Football League’s senior ranks, making his VFL debut in June before earning a spot in Vic Country’s under-19 side in July.
He also competed in front of AFL recruiters as part of AFL Victoria’s new Young Guns Series.
Garner started pre-season training with the Cats last year, but opted to focus on playing with Colac in the GFL in his first year out of juniors.
The tall swingman booted 13 goals playing as a forward in the first 10 games, before shifting into a key defensive role in the back half of the season.
See Wednesday’s Colac Herald for more.