Fresh from playing in the NEAFL premiership side, Hyundai Help for Kids Lions Academy player Will Martyn has been invited to trial at the 2019 AFL Combine as a medium midfielder.
Martyn was one of 25 players, including eight 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 All-Australians, announced to trial by the AFL today.
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18-year-old Martyn, who also plays for Aspley, is 183cm tall and a medium midfielder with elite hands and a good eye for setting up play.
He starred for the Academy in its five games in the NAB League averaging 28.8 disposals, 7.2 marks and 4.6 tackles and won their MVP award.
He was also a solid performer for the Allies in the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships averaging 14.2 disposals across the four matches.
AFL Talent Ambassador Kevin Sheehan said:
“Medium midfielders have been the most popular of the positional groups to have a player go with the first selection in the NAB AFL Draft with the likes of Sam Walsh, Marc Murphy, Tom Scully, David Swallow, Bryce Gibbs and Lachie Whitfield all taking the top spot in recent years.
“We also have an outstanding prospect from Ireland in Oisin Gallen, from Donegal amongst this group. AFL clubs will be looking at players who have that speed and endurance combination that not only helps ball winning but greatly assists the transition running needed in today’s game.
"The 20-meter sprint times, yo-yo results and 2km times become an important part of the analysis for the medium midfielders.”