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Selwood's season rare for a rookie: Sheehan

03 Oct, 2007 09:12 AM
AFL national talent manager Kevin Sheehan has warned against expecting a Joel Selwood like first-year performance from any of the future draftees at the 2007 national draft camp at the AIS today.

As the 79 athletes for this year's camp arrived in Canberra yesterday, Sheehan said Selwood's season - where he earned the AFL Rising Star award and only missed one match on his way to a premiership with Geelong - would be a rarity.

"There are very few that play like Joel Selwood play and have such a dominant year, [Carlton's] Bryce Gibbs had a great year for a boy a year younger than Selwood as well," Sheehan said.

"[Next year] I think you find that most of them drafted will get a taste of it, maybe half of them will get a taste, maybe eight or nine games, but they get a feel for the standard, but they are really given three or four years to develop.

"These players will be players of the future, but to have a Selwood type year, I think that's a bit of a rarity."

Much-hyped Victorian ruckman Matthew Kreuzer and his Northern Knights teammate Trent Cotchin, West Australians Cale Morton and Rhys Palmer, South Australian Brad Ebert and Selwood's younger brother Scott will be among the standouts at the draft camp in Canberra.D

Around 100 officials from each of the 16 AFL clubs will attend the camp, including every senior coach.

Yesterday Collingwood's team, including assistant coaches Guy McKenna and Chris Scott, was at the AIS to sneak a peak at next year's possible draftees.

This year's group kicked off its draft camp last night with preliminary medical screenings and an introduction.

Today the group will undergo fitness and medical assessments followed by the new repeat sprint ability test in the afternoon.

Players will then take part in the other integral part of the camp - the meet and greet with potential clubs as officials from all 16 teams interview players on their hit-lists.

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