Campbell eyes Swans list spot

17 May 2020 18:27:30 GMTPlus10

Braeden Campbell is grateful he's been able to improve his game by training with Sydney, and hopes to find a spot on their list for next year via the AFL Draft.

Sydney Academy prospect Campbell could be an early pick at this year's AFL Draft, and the Swans will get first access to him.

The 18-year-old half-forward/midfielder believes his experience of training with the likes of Lance Franklin last year has been beneficial.

"I did pre-season with the Sydney Swans and that was a week training with them and I learned what level the skills need to be at, how much it changes from under-18s footy to seniors footy, and they've really helped me," he said.

"The Swans have been awesome and provided me with every opportunity to hopefully get drafted and be put on their list. Doing pre-season and training sessions with them, and then with the under-18s Academy, it's been unreal as we're a really tight group. I see every training session with them as an opportunity to improve."

Campbell, who is well regarded for his speed and game-breaking abilities, says his dream would be to be picked up by Sydney later this year.

"I've grown up here all my life, I go for the Swans as well. But I'd also be keen to go to any club if that's achieving my dream to be drafted," he added.

The Swans have had success from their Academy, with Isaac Heeney (2014), Callum Mills (2015) and Nick Blakey (2018) all products who drew first-round bids in their respective drafts.

Sydney will also have access to Errol Gulden, a small forward who shapes as a possible top-30 pick.

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