This year is shaping up to be a bumper AFL National Draft and Murray Bushrangers are doing their best to ensure they will be well represented.
Seven players have been included in the coveted Victoria Country squad to contest the under-18 National Championships.
Shepparton’s Lachie Ash and United pair Kyle Clarke and Zane Barzen will make their way into the side along with Bushies teammates Laitham Vandermeer (Mooroopna) and Mark Marriott (Benalla).
Ash has been sensational to start this season with his ability to run all day giving him a hand in everything and allowing selectors to witness his silky skills.
Ash will be pushing for game time as an underage player in the side, while Barzen and Vandermeer enter the squad for another season.
Barzen is well on the radar of clubs as a member of the elite AFL Academy, while Vandermeer is doing the hard yards all over again with another opportunity to play TAC Cup football aged 19.
Clarke continues to improve with each match as a general along half-back while he completes his move to the midfield.
Murray has the upper echelon of big men in its side and Marriott exemplifies this with the tall still agile around the contest.
Marriott is not only a member of the Victoria Country squad, but has also joined the AFL talls camp, joined by Albury pair Ben Kelly and Jacob Koschitzke.
There is plenty of talent filtering through the ranks, with a host of Bushrangers to feature in the under-16 TAC Cup carnival.
The extended squad will attend three training sessions before being whittled down to 26 players with Zavier Maher (Shepparton United), Will Dwyer (Shepparton Swans), Jhett Cooper (Shepparton United), Jai Carn (Mooroopna) and Ethan Baxter (Shepparton) all looking to stake a claim for selection.