The Murray Bushrangers’ season came to a halt during the first week of TAC Cup finals, but that does not mean there is any time to rest.
Preparations for next season have already started, with preliminary squads released for trial matches on October 6.
Next year’s AFL National Draft will be the first to be made up of those born in the new millennium and the top age bracket will have 58 players trialling.
Like in most years, Shepparton United will be well represented with under-18 Goulburn Valley League premiership players Liam Fiore and Fraser Hicks among the talents to try out.
Mooroopna’s Broady Blackley-Dow made the most of his opportunities this year as he stepped up to play three senior games with the Cats.
The junior was often in the best for his under-18s side, while Rumbalara’s Ramman Winmar is among those who will represent the Murray Football League.
Tatura’s Charlie Hill was given an opportunity by head coach Jamason Daniels to debut in the Bulldogs’ senior side this year, playing seven games and showing plenty of promise.
Tatura teammates Ethan Moor and Zac Alderton will join Hill at the trials.
This year’s group of Bushrangers relied heavily on its underage department, with nine playing in the side’s elimination final loss to flag runner-up Sandringham Dragons.
A host of Shepparton Notre players are in the running for the lower age group with Harry Brodie, brother of Bushrangers product and Gold Coast Suns player Will, taking part in the try outs.
Jedd Johnston, Jack Moylan, Andrew Pellegrino, Orien Kerr and Andrew and Aidan Lloyd will also represent the Bears in the trial matches at Yarrawonga’s JC Lowe Oval.