TALL defender Tanner Smith will pit his endurance, speed, agility and skill against Australia’s top up-and-coming talent in the AFL national combine.
Smith is the sixth Rebel invited to the intense screening at Etihad Stadium next month.
A further four Rebels have been called up to AFL state combine, run alongside national testing, in Melbourne.
The AFL unveiled 23 tall defenders this week for scrutiny in the four-day national combine – each marked as highly athletic with strong rebounding and spoiling skills and versatility to swing into forward roles.
AFL talent manager Kevin Sheehan said Smith fits the mould well with good closing speed. He reads play well and makes good decisions on whether to mark or spoil.
Smith provides good run out of defence but can also move forward and make an impact.
The Kalkee junior played represented Vic Country four times in this year’s AFL national under-18 championships, often matching up on the best opposition forward.
More than 200 candidates have been called on to test at the AFL national combine, with the names of tall forwards, ruckmen and international invitees yet to be released.
Rebels already named for national and state screening include medium forward Louis Herbert (South Warrnambool), medium defenders Martin Gleeson (Koroit) and Tyler Blake (Horsham), medium midfielders Dom Barry (Northern Territory), Matt Crouch (Beaufort), Jake Lloyd (Horsham), Tony Lockyer (Sebastopol) and small forwards Jake Neade (Northern Territory) and Nick Rippon (East Ballarat).