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AFL 2017 Media - AFLW Draft Combine Day 2

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 04: Women compete in the 2km time trial during the AFLW Draft Combine at Etihad Stadium on October 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

The Western Bulldogs are in prime position heading into Wednesday’s AFLW Draft, with three picks in the top 11, including the prized number one draft pick.

Preparation over the past few months has been thorough, with key AFLW staff analysing the skills of each individual player likely to take out the top positions.

Western Bulldogs AFLW List Manager, Michael Sandry said the talent pool has been carefully considered throughout the year to best prepare the Club for draft day.

“We’ve got a team of recruiters and scouts watching all the VFL games - looking at all the footage and cutting all the clips,” he said.

“Going into the trade period last year, having the number one pick was something that we thought was really important.”

“The opportunity came up to be able to secure that (for 2018), so that’s the path we went down,” he said.

With several new AFLW clubs set to arrive in 2019, the pressure to secure top end talent during this year’s draft is at an all-time high.

“Obviously with the expansion clubs coming in within the next couple of years, we thought it was really important to bring in some young talent this year - the best talent that we could,” Sandry said.

Heading into the draft, the Bulldogs hold four of the top-ten Victorian spots, with Victorian picks 1, 3, 6 and 10 set to wear the red, white and blue next season.

“There’s probably three or four girls that we’re looking at really closely for those top spots,” Sandry said.

“The top end talent in line for pick’s 1 and 3 are a bit of a mixed bag- they all bring something different to the table,” he said.

“The skills that each of those girls can offer our list are really important.”

The NAB AFL Women's Draft will be held in Melbourne on October 18, with a live stream on AFL.com.au/womens from 12pm.