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NFL seeks talent in Melbourne

10 September 2018 6:27 AM
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The NFL is coming to Melbourne. No, there won’t be any games played. But Victorian athletes thinking they might have what it takes to make it in the United States will have the chance to show their ability with the NFL to hold a regional testing day in Melbourne this Saturday.

The session, to be held at Camberwell Grammar, is one of seven try-out days ahead of the inaugural NFL International Combine, which is being held early next month on the Gold Coast.

Regional sessions have already been held in Fiji, Samoa, Auckland, Wellington, Brisbane and Sydney. Melbourne was not originally scheduled to host a session but because of inclement weather across some of the earlier testing days, it was decided to add it to the calendar.

Up to 75 athletes from across the seven regional sessions will be flown to Queensland for the combine, with up to five to be accepted into the NFL international pathway. That would lead to a full-funded three month training program at the IMG academy in Florida, and the ultimate possibility of being placed with an NFL team.

Rather than trying to identify punters, which has largely been the domain of Australians to make it in the NFL, the league is seeking to identify players for other positions including running backs, wide receivers, cornerbacks, and linemen.


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