Rebels ready for Combine

YOUNG GUN: Aiden Domic has been invited to the AFL Draft Combine.

YOUNG GUN: Aiden Domic has been invited to the AFL Draft Combine.

Three Greater Western Victoria Rebels will take the next step towards being drafted into the AFL when they take part in the national Draft Combine.

Aiden Domic, Jordan Johnston and Lloyd Meek have been picked to attend the testing and interview program, which begins on Tuesday and runs through the week.

The event is an important part of the AFL drafting process, with players involved in a range of physical tests, medical screenings and club interviews.

Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium is the home of the trials.

There has been a range of changes to the format this year, with the beep test replaced by the Yo-Yo test and a 2km run favoured over the traditional 3km event.

The Yo-Yo test is similar to the beep test, but participants have a short recovery period in between 20m runs where they are required to jog to a cone and then back to the starting points.

The clean hands test and 30m repeat sprints have also been taken out of the week’s schedule.

More time has been allocated for clubs to interview players, an aspect of the Combine that is particularly important according to Rebels talent manager Phil Partington.

Partington said recruiters had often seen the draft prospects play many times both on video and live, but were keen to get to know the personality and character of the individual.

Domic played 18 games for the Rebels during the 2017 TAC Cup season, where he was predominantly used as a running midfielder. He was named in the team’s best on 12 occasions.

Johnston, a forward/onballer, was in the best in 10 of his 17 games, while ruckman/forward Meek played 14 matches for seven times in the best.

Meek received a few call-ups to the VFL with the North Ballarat Roosters and was part of Saturday’s under-18 all stars exhibition clash, which was played on the MCG as a curtain-raiser to the AFL grand final.

Partington said Meek performed well in roles up forward and in the ruck during the game that featured many of the leading draft prospects.

Rebels captain Callan Wellings will also take part in the state-level Draft Combine, which is held on Friday.