The Age newspaper reported earlier this week that the
AFL will launch the competition's first US-based draft
combine during August, 2012 in a bid to lure more tall
young North Americans into the game as ruckmen.
The draft camp will be held over two days in either
Los Angeles, Chicago or Texas.
The experiment follows the success of Canadian-born ruckman
Pyke and the Swans' recent signing of 22-year-old US
college basketballer Alex Starling.
The Florida-based Starling will be rookie-listed by Sydney
in 2013 under the international scheme.
The American leg of the AFL's search for international
athletes is expected to cost the competition close to
$100,000. It follows similar initiatives held in
Ireland and New Zealand earlier this year with the league
also initiating next month a search for ruckmen with a
draft camp in China.
The final details of the camp will be put in place in the
coming weeks by the AFL's Tony Woods and Kevin Sheehan
and will be run in the US by the competition's AIS
Academy manager, Michael Ablett.
The Swans' US approach has been pushed by former coach
Paul Roos who invited Starling, a 196-centimetre,
93-kilogram potential forward/ruckman to a two-day camp in
California, last June.