Forward ‘unlucky’ to miss combines

Geelong Falcons officials say Colac’s Adam Garner is unlucky to miss out on an invitation to this year’s AFL combines, like his teammates Cooper Stephens, Cassidy Parish and Ethan Floyd, pictured inset.

Geelong Falcons coach Dan O’Keefe says young Colac forward Adam Garner has been “very unlucky” to miss out on a spot at this year’s state combines.

The AFL this week released a list of 96 players invited to combines across Australia after receiving nominations from up to three AFL clubs, with Colac’s Cooper Stephens and Winchelsea’s Cassidy Parish in the mix to test themselves in front of AFL selectors at the Victorian combine at Etihad Stadium in October.

Players who received nominations from at least four AFL clubs, including Colac’s Ethan Floyd, received invitations to the four-day national combine from October 3 to 6.

O’Keefe said he was rapt for Stephens and Parish, but he said Garner deserved an opportunity to test himself at the combines.

“I feel like Adam Garner has been very unlucky, he’s probably the most in-form forward in the whole comp at the moment,” he said.

“The fact he’s missed out is obviously disappointing for him, but at the end of the day, it’s form and football talent that get kids drafted.

“He’s got a minimum of four games left and he’s one of the first picked in our side each week, he’s very important to our team.

“If he’s going to get drafted, his next few weeks will be very important.”

The ladder-leading Falcons have three games remaining in the TAC Cup home-and-away season before knock-out finals begin.

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