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‘I’m not going to go easy on him’: The best buds headed for the AFL with a rocket

Early in the season, Wardlaw was a top contender for the No.1 spot at the draft, which he showcased at the opening round of the NAB League against the Dragons, collecting 24 disposals, eight tackles and a goal in an 18-point win. But after a string of hamstring injuries, he made only three appearances with the Chargers, and missed out on the senior Vic Metro team.

George Wardlaw in action for Vic Metro.Credit:Getty Images

“It’s been very frustrating at times,” Wardlaw said. “It’s hard … when the only thing you can do is not play.”

Tsatas had a tough campaign as well, after a foot fracture in May which sidelined the 18-year-old for three months. But the midfielder returned for a thrilling Vic Metro game where he showed his talent as a ball winner, finishing the match with 29 disposals and five clearances – only two possessions off the Dragons’ Will Ashcroft.

The players recovered in time to be among the 68 potential draftees to make it to the national combine, where they likened the interview process to sitting outside the principal’s office.

“It’s sort of intimidating. You had to sit on a chair outside the suites,” Wardlaw said.

“[The interviews] are very positive … the clubs, they know us boys are pretty good and pretty comfortable in our style.”

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