Several aspiring AFL footballers from the Wimmera missed out on an AFL chance last week, but the quest to play in Australia's top league continues.
None of the six Wimmera prospects that nominated for the draft were selected across Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Minyip-Murtoa export Lachlan Delahunty, Horsham Demons' products Ryan Kemp and Matt Lloyd, Horsham Saints' Mitch Martin and Nick Caris, and Great Western's Gerard Cunningham all nominated for the draft, but were overlooked.
Martin said he was looking toward state-league competitions next season to continue furthering his football.
"I've got a trial week with Adelaide in the SANFL this week coming up," Martin said. "I've got three training sessions before they say if they want me or not.
"We'll try to catch up with some other SANFL clubs as well. I'll hopefully put my best foot forward.
"My manager suggested it and I obviously want to keep playing the best footy I can to give me the best chance to make it to the top league."
Martin, who had two strong seasons in the NAB League with the Greater Western Victoria Rebels, said there had also been interest from Geelong in the VFL.
Warrack Eagle Charlie Wilson and Horsham Saint Brayden Helyar were both signed to Geelong's VFL side last year after missing out at the AFL draft.
Rebels teammate Nick Caris said he was waiting on his VCE results before making a decision. Caris said he had been invited to train pre-season with Box Hill and Geelong in the VFL.
"I couldn't really commit to that because I've been working around here locally and it's just too far to travel," Caris said.
"It all just depends on what I do next year. If I take a year off I'll probably stay at the Horsham Saints, but if I go down to Melbourne or Geelong for Uni, I'll probably play down there."
Caris, along with Dimboola's Mitch Jorgensen, said there was also the possibility of playing with the Greater Western Victoria Rebels as a 19-year-old.
Ryan Kemp said he wasn't letting his expectations get carried away before the draft, despite trialing with Fremantle.
Kemp, 22, has re-signed with Werribee in the VFL and will now look toward his first full pre-season with the club.
Lachlan Delahunty, 29, was always an outside chance as a mature-age recruit.
Meanwhile a player with a strong connection to the Nhill and District Sporting Club was selected in the second round of the National Draft. Chad Warner, the son of former Nhill Tiger Travis Warner and grandson of renown clubman Graeme Warner, was selected at pick 39 by the Sydney Swans.
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