It has been a long season for Wagga Tigers young gun Brendan Myers and with the wait almost over, he admits he is ‘curious’ to see where his future lies.
Myers is AFL Riverina’s leading chance of finding a home in the AFL Draft, that is being held in Sydney on Friday night.
Myers stamped his talent and potential 12 months ago by winning Wagga Tigers’ senior best and fairest at 17, in a premiership year after playing just eight home and away games.
He was one of only five NSW-ACT players invited to last month’s AFL Draft Combine, after impressing through the year for NSW-ACT, Allies and Greater Western Sydney’s (GWS) NEAFL team.
Myers, 18, is looking forward to learning his fate in Friday night’s Draft.
“I’m probably more curious than anything else,” Myers said.
“I’m excited, a little bit nervous but it’s more excitement.”
Hawthorn, GWS Giants and Melbourne have shown most interest in Myers and interviewed him at the recent Draft Combine.
The Giants will get first crack at Myers, given he is part of the club’s Academy and zone.
Myers is unsure of his chances of being picked up.
“I don’t really know,” he said.
“I’m not going to get my hopes up. Fingers crossed, but I’m not really too sure.
“It all depends on the night.”
Myers enjoyed the AFL Draft Combine at Etihad Stadium last month but is unsure how his performance will effect his chances.
He performed well in the two kilometre time trial and field kicking, while he was disappointed with his times in the 20 metre sprint and agility test.
“It was pretty good, but there was a fair bit of sitting around and that,” he said.
“Club interviews and media stuff took up a fair chunk of the three days and I didn’t test overly great.”
Myers will watch the AFL Draft unfold at home in Wagga with his family, parents Jason and Amanda, and siblings Lachy, Bec and Josh.
AFL Riverina’s other hope is Griffith ruckman Nathan Richards.
Richards was invited to test at the state combine in Melbourne last month after spending the season based in Sydney.
Richards moved to Sydney to spend the season with GWS, playing in the NEAFL, where he managed seven games before injury struck.
He was also part of the AFL Academy.
If the pair miss out, they are still a chance of finding themselves on an AFL list via the Rookie Draft, that will be held at 5.10pm on Monday.