TWO YOUNG guns of the region will get their chance at an AFL career following invitations to the Victorian State Combine.
Former Leitchville local — and member of the Murray Bombers 2018 list — Marty Hore will get his chance to prove his mettle to AFL recruiters after another outstanding season for Collingwood in the VFL.
Hore, still just 22 years old, claimed the 2017 Collingwood VFL best and fairest Joseph Wren Memorial Trophy in 2017.
Hore signed with the Murray Bombers at the start of the season as his local club, opening the door for the defender to play games with Echuca in the event of not being selected in the VFL.
However, Hore has not made an appearance in the bottle green, instead continuing his fine form in the VFL, while Collingwood’s AFL side was decimated by injuries.
His performances have continued to gain attention, with the invite extended for him to try out for a shot at the big time; but he isn’t the only one getting the opportunity.
Bendigo Pioneers capitan, and Rochester local, Jacob Atley, will have the opportunity to join his brothers on an AFL list.
Atley has been a regular in the bests in his 14 appearances for the Pioneers during the 2018 season.
He would join brothers Joe (Port Adelaide) and Shaun (North Melbourne) in the system.
It comes with news of a major shakeup in the AFL draft in 2018.
The draft, which will take place at Etihad Stadium across two days in November, will for the first time ever feature live pick trading on the night of the draft.
It is also planned for the first round to take place on the opening night of the draft, with the remaining rounds, rookie and pre-season draft to take place on the second day.
The decision to introduce live trading has been met with overwhelming support from within the football community.