Daicos, Edwards among 150 players named in 2020 AFL Academy Squads
ONE-hundred and fifty of the top identified 2020 and 2021 AFL Draft talents have been named in the NAB AFL Academy Squads today. The program sees players from across each state and territory take part in high performance camps focusing on players’ on and off-field education throughout the month of December.
In what has been touted as a highly compromised draft in the sense that plenty of players are already attached to AFL clubs via either father-son or Next Generation Academy (NGA) and Northern Academies, there is plenty to like from all club supporters for not only next year’s draft, but the following year as well. Among the names over the next two years, Nick Daicos (Peter – 2021), Luke Edwards (Tyson) and Taj Schofield (Jarrod) are potential father-son selections, while Jamarra Ugle-Hagan (Western Bulldogs), Reef McInnes (Collingwood), Coby Brand (Essendon), Connor Downie (Hawthorn), James Borlase (Adelaide) and Joel Western (Fremantle) are among some of the NGA prospects.
AFL National Talent Pathways Manager Marcus Ashcroft said it is an exciting time for the country’s best young talent.
“The new approach to the national NAB AFL Academy, introduced for the first time in 2018, will again ensure more of our most talented players have access to AFL facilities, while receiving the best quality coaching, high performance and well-being services in the country,” he said. “Importantly these players will spend more time in their home states, with year-round first-class support that will enhance their opportunity to perform at an elite level. “I congratulate all players who have been named in their NAB AFL Academy Squads today and I look forward to watching their development over the next few years.”
All five NAB AFL Academy Squads will come together for camps in the final month of the year as below:
Sunday, December 15 – Thursday, December 19.
Sunday, December 15 – Friday, December 20.
Friday, November 29 – Tuesday, December 3.
Monday, December 9 – Friday, December 13.
Allies (training at AFL clubs)
Monday, November 18 – Friday, December 20.
A select few of Under-17 and Under-18 players will also have the opportunity to attend national camps, with activities that include:
– NAB AFL Under-17 Futures players to spend a week at an AFL club (December 2019)
– The best 24 Under-18 players to represent Australia against VFL opposition (April 2020)
– The best 24 Under-17 players to represent Australia against New Zealand (April 2020)
– NAB AFL Under-17 Futures Game (2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final Day)
Of the 150 players named, the Oakleigh Chargers lead all-comers across the country with a total of 11 players named, followed by Geelong Falcons and Sandringham Dragons with eight each. Murray Bushrangers have seven players in the Academy squads, while the top represented sides from the Allies (Brisbane Lions Academy), South Australia (Glenelg) and Western Australia (East Fremantle) all have six.
The full list of NAB AFL Academy members are below:
Brisbane Lions Academy: 
Gold Coast SUNS Academy: 
GWS GIANTS Academy: 
Murray Bushrangers: 
Sydney Swans Academy: 
Central District: 
North Adelaide: 
South Adelaide: 
West Adelaide: 
Woodville-West Torrens: 
Bendigo Pioneers: 
Dandenong Stingrays: 
Geelong Falcons: 
Gippsland Power: 
GWV Rebels: 
Murray Bushrangers: [5+2]
Oakleigh Chargers: 
Sandringham Dragons: 
Calder Cannons: 
Eastern Ranges: 
Northern Knights: 
Oakleigh Chargers: [10+1]
Sandringham Dragons: [7+1]
Western Jets: 
Jacob Van Rooyen
East Fremantle: 
East Perth: 
Peel Thunder: 
South Fremantle: 
Swan Districts: 
West Perth: