SOUTH-WEST Victoria's current crop of AFL hopefuls will be part of the sport's first virtual format draft.
The national draft will take place on December 9. It will be broadcast on subscription television service Foxtel, on Kayo and also on the AFL application.
It's likely to follow a similar format to the AFL Women's draft, which was held virtually in October.
It's understood AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan will announce selections live from Marvel Stadium. Selections will join remotely from separate locations.
East Warrnambool and South Warrnambool export Jamarra Ugle-Hagan - tied to the Western Bulldogs through their next generation academy - is the south-west's most high-profile contender.
Ugle-Hagan, a chance to be drafted with pick one, has been compared to Sydney star Lance Franklin.
AFL talent ambassador Kevin Sheehan said Ugle-Hagan and his draft class would "captivate fans across the country".
"It has been a challenging year for everyone in football and our top underage talent have shown great resilience and perseverance and we admire and appreciate the continued positivity during a difficult year for our community," he said.
"These young men represent the future of our game and will captivate fans across the country for years to come."
The rookie draft, meanwhile, will take place on December 10 at 12pm.
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