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Ham on radar of AFL clubs

Geelong Falcon Brayden Ham has been invited to the State Combine. (Geelong Falcons Image/Brian Bartlett)

BRAYDEN Ham’s versatility could appeal to AFL clubs ahead of this year’s drafts after the Geelong Falcon earned an invite to October’s State Combine.

Players require nominations from at least two AFL clubs to earn an invitation to the State Combine with Ham – who missed out on the final under-18 Vic Country squad – the only Falcon to be named.

Teammate Sam Conway has been invited to the Rookie Me testing, which requires one nomination.

Falcons’ Sam Walsh, Oscar Brownless, Connor Idun, Ned McHenry and Charlie Sprague have already secured invites to the three-day Draft Combine.

The 19-year-old Ham is leading the Falcons goalkicking this season with 19 from 12 matches and averaging just over 18 possessions and six marks a game in 2018.

The Falcons have been impressed by Ham’s dedication this year after he missed out on playing in their triumphant 2017 finals campaign, despite playing 14 matches in the regular season.

While he’s been damaging up forward, the Falcons have also played Ham in defence and through the midfield and has impressed with his rebounding ability.

Conway was a member of the Falcons’ 2017 premiership side after coming into the program late in the season and had been touted as a draft smokey last year.

The lightly-framed 202cm ruckman has played just seven matches in 2018, averaging 28 hit-outs a game. But the dearth of young ruckman in the TAC Cup this season could work in Conway’s favour, and a club could see his potential for development in an elite program.

MEANWHILE, former South Barwon and Falcons big man Darcy Fort will attend the South Australia State Combine.

The 205cm Fort, who turned 25 this week, has spent the past three seasons playing with Central Districts in the SANFL after stints in the VFL at Werribee – where he was named best first-year player in 2013 – and Footscray.

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