Greater Western Sydney Giants' Josh Bruce is seeking greater playing time with St Kilda. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
Canberra's Josh Bruce hopes the start of AFL trade week will bring good news as he chases more opportunities with St Kilda.
And two Belconnen hopefuls are preparing for the draft combine in Melbourne on Saturday.
Bruce has been with the Giants since the start, but believes a move to Melbourne may increase his game time. He has played only 14 games in two years, but impressed with his attack on the ball and ability in the air.
Free agency opens on Friday and trade week starts on Monday and continues for three weeks.
''It's just opportunity. I just want to play every game,'' Bruce said. ''They've got a bit of a deficiency in their defensive line and obviously we've got a pretty set backline at the Giants, and it's going to be hard to play key position with Phil [Davis] and Tim [Mohr] there.''
Jack Steele grew up playing for Belconnen, while Jedd Clothier played there only last year after moving from Narooma.
Their paths have diverged since then, but they'll reunite at the draft combine on Saturday.
Steele was surprised to be invited, after dislocating a knee this year. It required an arthroscopy and he missed the under-18 nationals as a result.
He hasn't recovered enough to participate in the physical testing, so he'll do the pyschological tests and talk to interested clubs.
''All I played was one game for the Rams against the Murray Bushrangers, it was just a practice match, but I think clubs had an eye on me because I played a few Giants reserves games and kicked a couple of goals in them,'' he said.
''They must've seen me, so I wasn't expecting to get this, I'm just lucky.''
Clothier is an Essendon scholarship holder and called the Bombers about moving to Melbourne to play in 2013. They organised a host family and he spent the season playing for the Calder Canons in Victoria's under-18 TAC Cup.
As part of the scholarship, Essendon has first preference over him and he can be drafted by another club only if the Bombers give a clearance.
Despite the drama surrounding the Bombers this year, he'd still love to get picked up by the club.
''They've handled it very well and the support they got last night at the Crichton Medal [best and fairest] presentation with record numbers shows that the fans are still supporting the club and the players that have re-signed,'' Clothier said.