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Matthew Hagias  January 12, 2016 2:40 PM

The GIANTS' first-year players snuck in time for a boxing session at the AFL Induction Camp in Melbourne.

The GIANTS' first-year players snuck in time for a boxing session at the AFL Induction Camp in Melbourne.

The GIANTS’ first-year players have gathered for the annual AFL Players’ Association/AFL Induction Camp at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne

Draftees Jacob Hopper, Matt Kennedy, Harry Himmelberg and Matt Flynn along with rookie-listed forward Daniel Lloyd attended the two-day event.

More than 100 new players across the 18 AFL clubs were briefed on a number of topics including the importance of wellbeing, career development, financial education, personal brand and respectful relationships.

There were also information sessions structured around the illegal use of illicit drugs, match fixing and anti-doping.

A number of past and present players addressed the room about their experiences, including Anthony Koutoufides, Chris Knights, Angus Brayshaw and Christian Petracca.

GIANTS draftee Matt Kennedy, who was selected with pick 13 in the 2015 NAB AFL Draft, said it was good to discuss a range of topics prevalent in the football industry.

“The camp is a great initiative because we talked through issues and heard from players who had experienced it all before,” Kennedy said.

“It can be quite overwhelming as a draftee so this induction was the perfect way to discuss any concerns or problems we may face.

“They main thing I’ll take away is that as footballers we need to take responsibility for our own actions. It all comes down to showing respect for yourself and for others.”

Kennedy and his teammates fly back to Sydney tonight so they can be available for the club’s main training session tomorrow.