By JESS WEBSTER
AFL clubs Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney and the GIANTS will be hoping to unearth the next Jake Brown after confirming their NEAFL Under-19 Academy lists for the 2018 season.
Brown, 19, became the first Under-19 Academy player to be drafted last season when the Swans committed to the young midfielder after impressing during the NEAFL season and AFL Academy Series as an overage player.
This year will be the second season all four AFL clubs have Under-19 squads, which allows up to nine players the chance to spend an extra year within an AFL environment to further their development.
All players will be available to play NEAFL games for their AFL club, as well as partaking in training sessions alongside the Under-18 and Under-16 academy squads.
Seven members of the 2017 Allies squad have been retained by AFL clubs, with Gold Coast leading the way with four players – Brodie Foster, Harry Simmington, Damien Burke, and Timakoi Bowie.
NEAFL Rising Star nominee Sam Wicks headlines the Sydney Swans squad, which also includes 2017 Allies squad members Luke Skrivanic and Michael Carroll.
Rounding out the Allies representatives is Lions Academy member Ben Sloan, who will look to bounce back from missing out on last year’s AFL Draft with a strong showing in 2018.
The GIANTS have a spread of players from Sydney to the Riverina region, with Jake Gaynor (Albury), Daniel Foley (Ganmain), Tyh Evans (Leeton), Canberra-based players Rhys Pollock (Queanbeyan), Riley Budd (Eastlake), William Clark (Eastlake), joining Sydney-based duo Kieren Briggs (Pennant Hills) and Nathan Coxall (East Coast Eagles) in their squad.
Check out the full squad lists below.
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