IS THIS next year's top draft pick?

Joining the Road to the Draft podcast this week is Bendigo Pioneers prospect Harley Reid, who has already shown his qualities as a contender for the No.1 choice in 2023.

Reid chats with co-hosts Cal Twomey and Nat Edwards about his development this season, his new role in defence with Vic Country and his ambitions for next year in his draft campaign.

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Also in the episode the team discuss the other leading bottom-age talents to show their wares so far this year, review the latest under-18 carnival results and dissect the surprise bolters into top-20 draft contention.

This week's episode guide…

2:30 – Can Will Ashcroft have an impact at AFL level like Nick Daicos next season?

6:15 – Why there's a new 'Wizard' set to enter the AFL system.

7:15 – The draftee who produced the best game of his season last week for Vic Country.

10:30 – The best prospects for the 2023 draft, including a number of strong footy bloodlines.

14:00 – Vic Country's Harley Reid joins the show to chat about the national carnival and his new role in the backline.

19:30 – Where Reid sees his development coming next year as a top-aged draftee.

23:15 – The lessons Reid took from training at Carlton earlier this year.