Goulburn’s Liam Griffiths and Albury’s Nick Coughlan, members of the AIS-AFL Academy level two program, will join the GIANTS in an important step in their under-18 season.
All members of the AIS-AFL Academy will spend a week with one of the AFL’s 18 clubs, participating in training, recovery, team meetings and all aspects of pre-season preparations.
The players are eligible to be drafted at the end of the 2014 season with Griffiths and Coughlan able to be nominated by the GIANTS as Academy players.
The week is an opportunity for the players to immerse themselves in life as a professional footballer but also gives the clubs and recruiters the chance to see the potential draftees in an AFL environment.
Griffiths and Coughlan are part of the PM Capital GIANTS Academy and were members of the AIS-AFL Academy level one program in 2013, although they both missed the NAB AFL Under-18 National Championships last year with injury.
A student at Scots College in Albury, Coughlan won the GIANTS Academy Award in 2012 for exceptional leadership skills, physical preparation and consistent performance.
He is a key position players with clean hands who represents the Murray Bushrangers in the TAC Cup competition. He missed most of 2013 with a foot injury but impressed with his diligence and professionalism during rehabilitation.
Goulburn’s Liam Griffiths, who plays for Canberra side Ainslie, is a courageous midfielder with a high work rate and the ability to run and carry the ball. He missed some of the 2013 season with a shoulder injury.