Five male SUNS Academy players have been named to represent the Allies in next year’s 2020 AFL Academy Squad.
Future prospects Alex Davies, Aiden Fyfe, Jack Johnston, Rhys Nicholls and Ryan Pickering were all named in the 30-player squad announced on Wednesday.
The recently expanded NAB AFL Academy program will see 150 players across each state and territory take part in high performance camps focusing on players on and off-field education.
Due to the nature of the Allies squad consisting of players from QLD, NT, NSW/ACT and TAS, the program will see the 30 players train at AFL clubs from November 18 – December 20.
AFL National Talent Pathways Manager Marcus Ashcroft said it is an exciting time for the country’s best young talent.
“The new approach to the national NAB AFL Academy, introduced for the first time in 2018, will again ensure more of our most talented players have access to AFL facilities, while receiving the best quality coaching, high performance and well-being services in the country,” he said.
“Importantly these players will spend more time in their home states, with year-round first-class support that will enhance their opportunity to perform at an elite level.
“I congratulate all players who have been named in their NAB AFL Academy Squads today and I look forward to watching their development over the next few years.”
The best Under-17 and Under-18 players from the state academies will also have the opportunity to attend national camps. These activities include:
- NAB AFL Under-17 Futures players to spend a week at an AFL club (December 2019)
- The best 24 Under-18 players to represent Australia against VFL opposition (April 2020)
- The best 24 Under-17 players to represent Australia against New Zealand (April 2020)
- NAB AFL Under-17 Futures Game (2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final Day)
2020 NAB AFL Academy Squad – Allies:
Tahj Abberley Brisbane Lions Academy/Sandgate
Samuel Banks Tasmania Devils/Clarence
Jack Briskey Brisbane Lions Academy/Western Magpies/Toowoomba
Charlie Byrne Murray Bushrangers/Albury
Jackson Callow Tasmania Devils/North Launceston
Braeden Campbell Sydney Swans Academy/Westbrook
Blake Coleman Brisbane Lions Academy/Morningside
Sam Collins Tasmania Devils/North Hobart
Saxon Crozier Brisbane Lions Academy/Morningside
Alex Davies Gold Coast SUNS Academy/Cairns/Broadbeach
Oliver Davis Tasmania Devils/Clarence
Jack Driscoll GWS GIANTS Academy/Yerong Creek
Ryan Eyers Murray Bushrangers/Corowa/Rotherglen
Joshua Fahey GWS GIANTS Academy/Queanbeyan Tigers
Aidan Fyfe Gold Coast SUNS Academy/Broadbeach
Joshua Green GWS GIANTS Academy/Marist/ACT
Errol Gulden Sydney Swans Academy/Maroubra Saints
Joel Jeffrey NT Thunder/Wanderers
Jack Johnston Gold Coast SUNS Academy/Palm Beach
Brodie Lake NT Thunder/Southern Districts
Tyrell Lui NT Thunder/Wanderers
Noah McFadyen Brisbane Lions Academy/Wilston Grange
Carter Michael Brisbane Lions Academy/Maroochydore
Rhys Nicholls Gold Coast SUNS Academy/Labrador
Kye Pfrengle Sydney Swans Academy/Cronulla Sharks
Ryan Pickering Gold Coast SUNS Academy/Townsville/Hermit Park Tigers
Marco Rossman Sydney Swans Academy/East Sydney Bulldogs
Mark Sheather Sydney Swans Academy/Pennant Hills
Sam Stening GWS GIANTS Academy/Wagga Swans
Patrick Walker Tasmania Devils/North Hobart