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Blakey trains with Swans

Callum Twomey  December 8, 2017 12:19 PM

AFL 2017 U18 Championships - Vic C v SA

Potential Sydney academy recruit Nick Blakey has been training at the Swans this week.

Potential Sydney academy recruit Nick Blakey, who is also eligible to join North Melbourne and the Brisbane Lions as a father-son next year, has spent this week at the Swans as part of his NAB AFL Academy placement.

Blakey, the son of former Roo and Fitzroy great John, is considered one of the top talents of the 2018 draft crop. Both clubs will have access to woo the athletic 194cm prospect, but he can also join the Swans given he has lived in their zone for more five years.

John is an assistant coach with the Swans and Nick played with the Allies in the under-18 championships this year before a back injury ruled him out for the rest of the season.

The week's placement is a key part of the NAB AFL Academy's program, which sees members of the level two group head to an AFL club for an insight into the training and day-to-day life of top-level players. Some have been at clubs this week while others will do their training placements next week.

The club placements come in a busy period for the NAB AFL Academy members, having recently finished a training camp in Darwin. They will also head to America next month for a high performance camp at the IMG Academy in Florida before finishing their tour in Los Angeles. 

Recruiters from AFL clubs will also head to the US to follow the prospects.