TASMANIA's top draft pick from last year has some simple advice for those looking to follow in his footsteps this year: don't stress.
Launceston's Jesse Lonergan, who was recruited to Gold Coast last year with pick 13 in the national draft, said this year's crop, including Blues twins Kade and Jake Kolodjashnij and North Launceston's Toby Nankervis, had done all that they could to ensure clubs noticed them.
"They just can't stress about it too much, as it is really out of their hands now," Lonergan said yesterday.
"I kind of stressed about it all. In hindsight, you know you're going to have to move away as we're from Tassie and you are only a flight or two away from Tassie.
"So they just have to sit back and relax and let everything work itself out."
The Kolojashnijs and Nankervis, along with Burnie's Eli Templeton and Brady Grey, Devonport's Alex Pearce and Glenorchy's Zac Webster last week all attended the AFL Draft Combine in Melbourne.
Pearce (third in the beep test in 15.5), Webster (first for agility in 7.97 seconds), Grey (second in vertical jump with 76 centimetres, second in running vertical jump, right leg, with 92 centimetres and second running vertical jump, left leg with 89 centimetres) and Kade Kolodjashni (first in vertical jump with 79 centimetres and second in the running vertical jump, right leg, 97 centimetres) all tested strongly.
Jake Kolodjashnij also tested strongly in the left leg vertical jump, while Templeton was strong in the beep test and Kade Kolodjashnij finished in the top 10 in the 3km time trial.
If these results help lead these teenagers to be selected in one of next month's drafts, 18-year-old Lonergan said there is one thing they will need to do.
"They have to just listen, learn and work hard," he said.
"It's a cliche, but the harder you work the more you achieve."
Lonergan believed the Kolojashnij twins would be able to cope with the demands of AFL if they joined the five other former Launceston players currently on AFL lists.
"They have put their hands up and have played great footy over the past couple of years," he said.
"I get on quite well with them and have caught up with them every now and then and they are always asking for advice.
"So they're keen to learn and it would be great to see them drafted to an AFL club so they live their dream."
The national draft will be held on Thursday, November 21, at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, with the preseason and rookie drafts to be held the following week.
INSIDE: Jesse Lonergan reflects on his first year in the AFL: Page 37.