NSW/ACT players named in 2024 AFL National Academy squads

4 NSW/ACT players have been selected in the AFL National Academy Boys and AFL National Academy Girls squads, which feature many of the country’s most promising 17-year-old footballers. All players named in the squads will be eligible for selection in the 2024 AFL Draft and 2024 AFLW Draft.

The AFL National Academy is an accelerated football and personal development program that provides the next generation of stars with experiences, learnings and further opportunities to best prepare for the next steps in their football journey.

This is the 27th annual intake for the AFL National Academy Boys and the seventh intake for the AFL National Academy Girls.

Both squads feature players from every state and territory across Australia.

Congratulations to the following players who have given themselves a great shot at playing in the AFL/AFLW in the future.


Joel CochranEast Sydney BulldogsSydney Swans Academy
Jobe ShanahanMoama Football ClubBendigo Pioneers


Emma JunejaEast Sydney BulldogsSydney Swans Academy
Ashley PattonTuggeranong ValleyGWS Giants Academy

What’s next?

The boys squad will take part in its first camp in Melbourne from Friday, December 8 to Sunday, December 10 before reconvening for a further two camps during the 2024 season.

The first of three camps for the girls squad will be held in Melbourne next January, with the induction camp to run from Friday, January 19 to Sunday, January 21.

Both Academy programs will play two games during the 2024 season where players will represent Australia. 

Further details on all camps and matches will be confirmed at a later date.