Published on January 16, 2019 4:11 pm

Draftees at Induction Camp

The 49 TAC Cup players selected in last year’s NAB AFL Draft or Rookie Draft attended the AFLPA/AFL Induction Camp at Marvel Stadium this week.

All players that joined AFL lists in the 2018 drafts took part in sessions conducted by the AFL Players Association and AFL on Monday and Tuesday, where they learnt about the support and programs available to them during their careers as well as respectful relationships, gambling awareness and the anti-doping code.

42 TAC Cup players were picked in November’s AFL Draft – representing 54 per cent of the 78 total picks – with a further seven players taken in the Rookie Draft.

Former Geelong Falcons midfielder and Carlton’s no.1 AFL Draft pick Sam Walsh said the 2018 draftees had been well informed by the camp’s sessions.

“Being able to meet the AFLPA staff and chat through the programs and services available to us gave everyone a better understanding of what we can access,” Walsh said.

“Hearing (ex-St Kilda and Murray Bushrangers forward) Justin Koschitzke, (ex-St Kilda and Northern Knights midfielder) Leigh Montagna and (ex-Collingwood and Oakleigh Chargers key-position player) Sam McLarty talk about their different experiences in the system and how they used the AFLPA to help them along the way was fascinating.”

McLarty, a recent Hard Yakka / Totally Workwear VFL signing by Williamstown having been delisted after two years with the Magpies, told the draftees about some of the highs and lows he experienced in his short AFL career.

AFLPA General Manager of Player Development Ben Smith said the camp was focused on ensuring that players know how the AFLPA can help them maximise whatever time they have in the AFL system.

“The average career of an AFL player is six years, so it’s important they understand how to access the services and programs we (AFLPA) offer to ensure they’re developing something meaningful away from football,” Smith said.

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