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AFL begins hunt for Combine venue as potential scheduling clash emerges

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THE AFL is on the lookout for a new venue for the NAB AFL Draft Combine this year after a possible scheduling conflict emerged at Marvel Stadium. 

The Docklands venue has been home to the four-day testing camp for the country's draft hopefuls since 2011, having previously been staged in Canberra at the Australian Institute of Sport.

However, the League's talent department are looking for alternative options to host the Combine this October with events possibly staged by Marvel Stadium during that week.

Soon-to-be Collingwood draftee Jamie Elliott in action at the 2011 NAB AFL Draft Combine. Picture: AFL Photos 

The AFL hasn't ruled out keeping the Combine at its Marvel Stadium headquarters, but has begun to consider other possibilities, with the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre and the State Netball and Hockey Centre potential new homes. 

Regardless of the venue, the Combine is expected to remain in Victoria, given the majority of prospects and club recruiting teams are based in the state.

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Any new venue/s would need to serve the many different aspects of the Combine, such as the athletic testing, which require floorboards to accurately record speed, aerobic, agility, and jump tests.

They have also used the Marvel Stadium playing surface in previous years to run the skills tests, as well as hold the long-distance 2km time trial. 

Clubs have also been allocated private corporate boxes to interview the prospects, as well as medical screening areas for doctors to assess the players.

The Combine is held in the week following the Grand Final, having been locked in to begin on Tuesday, October 1 through to Friday, October 4 this year.