Tumby Bay's Partington invited to state draft combine

TIGER: Luke Partington, pictured here in action for Glenelg, is one of 21 SANFL footballers selected for the AFL State Draft Combine. Photo: Gordon Anderson
TIGER: Luke Partington, pictured here in action for Glenelg, is one of 21 SANFL footballers selected for the AFL State Draft Combine. Photo: Gordon Anderson

Former Tumby Bay footballer Luke Partington has once again got his foot in the door for selection in the AFL, but has his eyes set on helping Glenelg to their first premiership in more than 30 years.

Partington is one of four Glenelg players, and one of 21 SANFL footballers to be selected for the AFL State Combine on October 12.

Players will have their physical traits tested including speed, agility and jumping ability.

The 22-year-old midfielder arrived at Glenelg this season after he was delisted from West Coast at the end of the 2018 AFL season, and in 14 matches has averaged 29.7 disposals, 17.3 kicks and 5.3 clearances.

Partington said he was happy to be selected and attending the combines was a major step to being drafted, but his attention was on Glenelg's last two games of the season.

"It's not a huge focus at the moment, we've still got finals to play and we need to win the last two games," he said.

"As the season comes to an end I will get into gear."

Glenelg is currently sitting on top of the ladder, one win clear of Adelaide in second and Port Adelaide in third.

The Tigers are on track to play in their first finals since 2011 but have not played in a grand final since 2008 and have not won a premiership since 1986.

Despite also being mentioned as a possible chance for the 2019 Magarey Medal, Partington said the biggest goal was to win a premiership.

"It would be good to finish the year off with (a Magarey Medal), but it's not something you think about," he said.

"Team success is the most important."

Partington has already had experience taking part in a draft combine, taking part in the National Combine in 2015 before being drafted to West Coast at pick 28 in the 2015 AFL Draft.

He said while he was sure the drills would have changed since he took part in a combine, he was not concerned.

As for a possible re-entry into the AFL Partington said it would be great if it would happen but if not he would focus on other aspects of his life.

"I'm not too stressed about it, I will make sure to prepare myself well," he said.

Joining Partington at the combine are Glenelg teammates Brad Close, Reid Kuller and Jordan Moore, as well as fellow Eyre Peninsula footballer Cole Gerloff of Norwood, formally Eastern Ranges.

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