TALENTED Albury teenagers Paddy Parnell, Charlie Byrne, Daniel Turner and Cameron McLeod are among 300 hopefuls who have nominated for next month's AFL mid-season rookie draft.
The quartet have played in all three matches for the Murray Bushrangers so far this season.
Byrne and Turner made their senior debut for Albury this year while Parnell did likewise in 2019.
Byrne and Turner have played two matches for the unbeaten Tigers and Parnell one when free of commitments with the Bushrangers.
Byrne was invited to train with Essendon over the pre-season and spent several weeks with the senior group.
In another promising sign the teenagers all played for Country against Metro in the under 23 Young Guns game at Werribee Oval earlier this month.
Bushrangers coach Mark Brown said the Albury quartet had been in good form in the NAB league.
"Their form in the first three rounds has been really promising," Brown said.
"Especially considering they didn't get to play last year.
"They were good enough to be selected in the Young Guns team a fortnight ago.
"So they are in the picture to be drafted, there is no doubt about that."
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Several other Border youngsters have also nominated for the draft.
Will Chandler (Glenelg), Matthew Walker, Josh Clayton and Harrison Jones (North Melbourne), Harrison Macreadie (Williamstown) and Hudson Garoni (Werribee) are also among the draft hopefuls.
Chandler recently made his debut for Glenelg and has played two senior matches with the undefeated Tigers who have started 6-0.
Macreadie played nine matches for Carlton between 2017-20 before being delisted last year.
The 23-year-old joined Williamstown in the VFL and was set to be reunited with former Henty junior Sam Murray before he opted to join Wangaratta Rovers.
The AFL opened nominations yesterday for prospects to apply for the mid-season draft, which will take place after on Wednesday, June 2.
The mid-season rookie draft was cancelled last season after having been reintroduced in 2019 to allow clubs to add to their list during the season.
Prospects who nominated for last year's draft but were overlooked are eligible for the mid-season draft alongside former AFL players.
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