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Parker pumped for testing AFLX

Parker chats AFLX SwansTV catches up with Luke Parker after last night's AFLX draft.

Sydney Swans midfielder Luke Parker is relishing the thought of testing his pre-season progress against the competition’s biggest stars when the 2019 edition of AFLX kicks off later this month.

Parker was one of four Sydney players snapped up at Wednesday night’s AFLX Draft, with the 173-game Swan signing with Patrick Dangerfield’s Bolts, as Josh Kennedy, Isaac Heeney and Aliir Aliir all jumped on board Nat Fyfe’s Flyers.

Collingwood's Scott Pendlebury, Port Adelaide's Robbie Gray and Richmond's Alex Rance are just some of the AFL's elite set to light up the tournament, and Parker is looking forward to turning the pre-season sweat up a notch against star-studded opposition on February 22.

“At this time of year everyone at the Swans is coming up against each other in every session – and particularly every Friday in match simulation,” Parker told SwansTV.

“To be able to test yourself against some others and blow a few of the cobwebs out and dust off the boots will be good to do. Getting to know how other footballers play and how they go about it will also be interesting, so I’m really looking forward to the opportunity.”

AFLX is a modified version of AFL football whereby teams of 14 – eight on the ground and six on the bench – face off in a round-robin tournament culminating in a Grand Final between the two top sides.

The games, structured in 10-minute halves, are set to be hosted at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium, and will be played on a rectangular field measuring 110 metres in length.

Trialled for the first time in 2018, AFLX is fast-paced and high-scoring, with 'super goals' scored from the launch zone registering 10 points.

In line with a rule dubbed the 'Gatorade game-changer', teams will also nominate one player each for the last five minutes of the game whose goals are worth double in points.

Parker says he cannot wait for the challenge – as well as potentially earning bragging rights against his Swans teammates.

“Playing against a few different players and a few stars of the AFL will be really exciting, and playing against Heeney, Aliir and Josh (Kennedy) will make for some good times,” Parker said.

“For us it’ll be a good laugh. Somehow those three ended up on the same team, so I’m the lone wolf out there. But hopefully I can beat them so I can hold it over them.”