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Top prospect 'no risk' despite medical irregularity

Jaidyn Stephenson in action in the NAB AFL U18 All Stars game on Grand Final day - AFL,Draft,Jaidyn Stephenson
Jaidyn Stephenson in action in the NAB AFL U18 All Stars game on Grand Final day
On medical advice that we've received there is no risk in picking Jaidyn Stephenson
Stephenson's manager Robbie D'Orazio

JAIDYN Stephenson's manager Robbie D'Orazio has played down concerns over a medical irregularity that surfaced recently for the top-10 draft prospect.

Stephenson has been touted as an early selection for this season's NAB AFL Draft for several years, having burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old playing with the Eastern Ranges.

He enjoyed a strong season this year, moving into the midfield from half-forward and averaging 23 disposals a game at TAC Cup level.

However, some clubs have requested extra information in recent weeks regarding an irregularity with Stephenson's heart that came to their attention at the NAB AFL Draft Combine medical testing last month.

Some clubs have expressed more concern than others over the issue that only arose in recent weeks, with some less worried.  

D'Orazio, from Connors Sports Management, said the 18-year-old had seen specialists and had been cleared to pursue an AFL career.

"On medical advice that we've received there is no risk in picking Jaidyn Stephenson in this year's draft," D'Orazio told AFL.com.au.

"The information that has been received and handed to the AFL clearly states that the specialists are happy for Jaidyn to enter the AFL and have a long career.

"We can only go on the advice given from the experts in this field."

Stephenson finished his season in brilliant form, kicking three goals in a best-on-ground display at the MCG in the NAB All Stars game on Grand Final morning.

He then backed up that performance by showing his athleticism at the draft combine, where he ran the 20-metre sprint in 2.95 seconds and finished in the top-10 in the new Yo-Yo endurance test.

He has been tipped as a possible top-10 pick ahead of next week's national draft.

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