Canberra forced to wait for star teen to be at national combine

There might not be any Canberrans at this year's AFL draft combine, but AFL national talent manager Kevin Sheehan believes the future looks brighter for 2014, with Liam Griffiths a likely candidate.

The draft camp starts in Melbourne on Tuesday, with 111 of the best prospects descending on Etihad Stadium for four days.

Two players from the Canberra region will take part in the second-tier state draft combines, which start on Saturday.

Sheehan didn't see the lack of ACT talent at the combine as a concern.

He felt it was just part of the ''ebb and flow'' and was confident things were already looking up for next year.

''Kids like Liam Griffith are in the next group coming through,'' Sheehan said on Monday.


''But we know that it's so competitive to get into the main 100.

''There'll be different parts of Australia that aren't represented at times, but then you'll have a time when you have three or four … and right at the minute [Griffith] is probably the best of the players on the horizon, but he's next year.''

Belconnen Magpies juniors Jedd Clothier and Jack Steele will take part in the state combines.

Clothier spent 2013 playing with the Calder Cannons in Victoria's under-18 TAC Cup, while Steele played for Belconnen in the NEAFL eastern conference final.

Sheehan said on average 12 were drafted from the state camps, with more taken on as rookies.

''Each year there's about a dozen on average to come up from there and certainly another 20 will end up on rookie lists to come out of the state level,'' he said.

''All [the main combine] is is a little bit of an indicator about who's the more popular, but it doesn't guarantee you a spot when the draft comes around and there will be some for sure from the state level that will get over the top of those that are here for the next four days.''