Private AFL testing for Colac footballer

Colac’s Adam Garner, left, has received invitations to do private testing in front of two AFL clubs after missing out on an invitation to next week’s national and state combines. He is pictured celebrating the Geelong Falcons’ grand final win with James Worpel and Oscar Brownless.

A stand-out TAC Cup finals series has earned Colac footballer Adam Garner invitations to do private testing in front of two AFL clubs.

Garner missed out on an opportunity to attend next week’s AFL national and state screening in front of AFL recruiters after failing to attract interest from enough clubs during the season.

But Geelong Falcons talent scout Michael Turner revealed to the Colac Herald that the club has since had requests to see more of the Falcons’ 194-centimetre key forward.

“We’ve had requests for Adam Garner in the last few weeks, I can’t say which clubs but he’s had specific requests from two clubs for individual testing,” Turner said.

“He’s had a really good season and a great finals series,” he said.

“The interest came during the finals, and that’s how they assess them, in finals there’s more pressure, particularly in the grand final, and if kids handle that pressure well it holds them in good stead.”

Garner averaged 14 disposals and four marks a game in the Falcons’ three finals matches, including four contested marks, one goal and a host of goal assists in the team’s grand final win on Sunday night.

“It’s different for key forwards, you don’t have to dominate games to get drafted, you’ve just got to show that you’re capable,” Turner said.

“Adam’s cousin Tom McCartin will get drafted, you could almost claim him as a Colac boy, and hopefully Adam is a chance now too,” he said.

“Adam had a major influence in the second half of the grand final, and players who do that in finals give themselves a chance.”

Turner said it was likely that Garner would test in front of the two AFL clubs following next week’s combines.

“All the AFL clubs will be at the combine next week, once that settles down we’ll roll into October and he’ll be requested to go and test,” he said.

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