Future NSW stars get a run on Grand Final day

The AFL has today announced a squad of 46 players who will feature in the 2023 AFL Futures match, five of which are from NSW.

Many of the most talented under 17 footballers from across the country will take part in the match, which will be played at the MCG prior to the 2023 Toyota AFL Grand Final on Saturday, 30 September.

The 46-player squad will be split into two teams named after former Geelong Cats captain and four-time premiership player Joel Selwood and recently retired West Coast Eagles ruckman Nic Naitanui.

Team selection will be confirmed in the week before the match.

All players named for the sixth annual AFL Futures match are born in 2006 and will be eligible for selection in the 2024 AFL Draft.


A step closer to the big time

The AFL Futures match provides next year’s draft prospects an opportunity to be part of a high-performance environment and showcase their talent on the big stage as they push for selection for the 2024 AFL Academy Boys program.

Players were nominated by state talent programs, national selectors and AFL clubs, with all states and territories represented across the 46-player squad.


Players to watch – NSW

Congratulations to the following players selected from NSW:

NameDOBTalent programCommunity Club
Joel Cochran28-03-06Sydney Swans AcademyCronulla, East Sydney Bulldogs, UNSW
Joe Harrison20-07-06Sydney Swans AcademyWarners Bay
Joshua Murphy28-11-06Murray BushrangersHowlong, North Albury
Jobe Shanahan2-08-96Bendigo PioneersMoama
Mitch Woods15-05-06Sydney Swans AcademyPenshurst Panthers, St George Dragons


Joel Cochran, Mitch Woods, Joe Harrison, Josh Murphy and Jobe Shanahan


Players to watch – the rest

Among those selected to play in the AFL Futures match are 2023 AFL National Championships U18 Boys All-Australian representatives Levi Ashcroft, Sid Draper and Finn O’Sullivan. The trio were standouts at this year’s Championships while competing in their bottom-age year.

Ashcroft is the son of three-time Brisbane Lions premiership player Marcus and younger brother of Will, who finished runner-up for this year’s AFL Rising Star award after being selected with pick No. 2 in the 2022 AFL Draft.

Draper claimed South Australia’s MVP at the U18 Championships to add to his All-Australian selection, while O’Sullivan this year continued his impressive form after winning the Kevin Sheehan Medal as the Division 1 best and fairest at the 2022 AFL National Development Championships U16 Boys.

The AFL Futures squad also includes South Australian father-son prospects Ben and Lucas Camporeale, Louie Montgomerie and Tyler Welsh.

Twin brothers Ben and Lucas Camporeale are eligible to join Carlton, where their father Scott played 233 matches.

Louie Montgomerie is the son of former Port Adelaide and Western Bulldogs defender Brett and is eligible to join the Power, while key forward Tyler Welsh is eligible to join Adelaide, where his father Scott played 129 of his 205 AFL matches.


AFL National Academy Manager Tarkyn Lockyer said: “The AFL Futures match is a highlight on the AFL Talent calendar and provides football fans an introduction to the talented young players who are about to enter their draft year.

“We are delighted to be able to play the game ahead of the 2023 Toyota AFL Grand Final and provide the opportunity for our young stars from across the country to experience the excitement of being part of the biggest day of the AFL season.

“Many of the players who take part in the AFL Futures match will go on to be part of next year’s AFL Academy Boys program and we look forward to seeing them put their skills on display on the MCG.”

The 2023 AFL Futures squad will arrive in Melbourne on Friday, September 29, with a training session to be held at The Hangar in preparation for the match.


How to watch

The 2023 AFL Futures match will be broadcast live and free on the AFL website and AFL Live Official App.


2023 AFL Futures squad


BoAllan16-02-06WAPeel ThunderHalls Head
LeviAshcroft18-12-06VIC MSandringham DragonsOld Brighton
BenCamporeale21-07-06SAGlenelgBrighton Districts &
Old Scholars
LucasCamporeale21-07-06SAGlenelgBrighton Districts &
Old Scholars
MalakaiChampion17-05-06WASubiacoMines Rovers
JoelCochran28-03-06NSW/ACTSydney Swans AcademyEast Sydney
JesseDattoli07-08-06VIC MNorthern KnightsIvanhoe
ArcherDay-Wicks13-05-06VIC CBendigo PioneersSandhurst
OliverDean16-08-06TASTasmania DevilsNorth Launceston
SidDraper05-07-06SASouth AdelaideWillunga
JontyFaull01-02-06VIC CGWV RebelsRedan
TomGillett09-01-06QLDBrisbane Lions AcademySherwood
LuccaGrego15-09-06VIC MWestern JetsKeilor
TomGross15-09-06VIC MOakleigh ChargersOld Trinity
PhoenixHargrave15-09-06SASouth AdelaideReynella
JoeHarrison20-07-06NSW/ACTSydney Swans AcademyWarners Bay
KadeHerbert03-04-06SAWoodville-West TorrensBute
TajHotton17-06-06VIC MSandringham DragonsOld Haileybury
ZakJohnson24-12-06VIC MNorthern KnightsOld Ivanhoe
IsaacKako07-03-06VIC MCalder CannonsPascoe Vale
NashKing15-03-06VIC MCalder CannonsWallan
SamLalor30-08-06VIC CGWV RebelsBacchus Marsh
HarveyLangford15-03-06VIC CDandenong StingraysMount Martha
XavierLindsay03-08-06VIC CGippsland PowerLeongatha
LeonardoLombard05-10-06QLDGold Coast Suns AcademyBroadbeach
TomLuck06-04-06SAWoodville-West TorrensCentral Yorke
SamMarshall19-01-06QLDBrisbane Lions Academy
Sandringham Dragons
St Bedes/Mentone
RickyMentha04-09-06NTNT Academy
Gippsland Power
LouieMontgomery24-04-06SANorth AdelaideGlenunga
ChristianMoraes08-11-06VIC MEastern RangesGlen Waverley
NoahMraz20-02-06VIC CDandenong StingraysNarre North Foxes
JoshuaMurphy28-11-06NSW/ACTMurray BushrangersNorth Albury
HarryO’Farrell03-05-06VIC MCalder CannonsMaribyrnong Park
FinnO’Sullivan30-05-06VIC COakleigh ChargersKoroit
FlynnPenry20-04-06VIC CGWV RebelsCobden
MurphyReid30-07-06VIC MSandringham DragonsSouth Melbourne
ClayShadforth11-04-06NTNT Academy
South Adelaide
JobeShanahan02-08-06NSW/ACTBendigo PioneersMoama
JoshSmillie17-05-06VIC MEastern RangesPark Orchards
JaggaSmith28-01-06VIC MOakleigh ChargersRichmond
LukeTrainor10-04-06VIC MSandringham DragonsOld Brighton
TobieTravaglia26-10-06VIC CBendigo PioneersSandhurst
AustinVan der Struf17-03-06WAClaremontClaremont
OliverWarburton13-06-06VIC CMurray BushrangersShepparton Swans
TylerWelsh15-08-06SAWoodville West-TorrensHenley
MitchWoods15-05-06NSW/ACTSydney SwansPenshurst