Two aspiring 2023 AFL draftees and Crows Academies NGA graduates have been invited to train with the AFL squad this season.
Ashton Moir and Kane McAuliffe, who were part of the Academies’ under-15 Elite Squad in 2018, are now part of the NAB AFL Academy and are completing their AFL Club experience at West Lakes.
Moir, a 186cm forward, played 10 games for Glenelg in the under-18s in the 2022 season when he kicked 30 goals and averaged 15 disposals and five marks a game.
McAuliffe, a 17-year-old inside midfielder, hails from North Adelaide and played 10 games for the Roosters’ under-18 team last season.
Future Father-Son prospect Tyler Welsh will also be spending time at the Club during the pre-season as part of the Crows Academies Father-Son program.
Welsh will be eligible for the Draft in 2024 but is already training with Woodville West Torrens’ League side after being named as an under-16 All-Australian and member of the state under-16 squad in 2022.
The in-club experience allows potential draftees to experience the ins and outs of an elite club environment, working with Crows players, coaches and staff to help prepare them for a possible future as an AFL player.
Crows Academies Manager Jarrod Meers said clubs play an important role in preparing future draftees for life at the elite level if they make it on an AFL list.
“As a club we are committed to welcoming Academy players in and helping to prepare the next generation of talent,” Meers said.
“Several of our players have had a similar experience so they can appreciate the excitement for Ashton, Kane and Tyler.
“They will probably be a little nervous, but no doubt they will enjoy every minute of their time at West Lakes.”
Current Crows AFL listed players who have completed the same Academy in-club experience program include recent draftee Max Michalanney (2022), James Borlase (2021), Izak Rankine (2017) and Darcy Fogarty (2016).