Sophie Molan, Ella Wood and Nekaela Butler amongst potential AFLW draftees

LEADER: Sophie Molan is being predicted to be drafted within the top ten picks of Tuesday's AFLW draft. Pictures: Adam Trafford.

LEADER: Sophie Molan is being predicted to be drafted within the top ten picks of Tuesday's AFLW draft. Pictures: Adam Trafford.

As AFLW sides prepare to bring in it's new batch of young players, the Greater Western Victoria Rebels are hoping a number of girls from the program will progress to Australia's premier women's football competition.

Tuesday's seven-round 102 pick draft is the biggest in the competition's four-year history.

GWV Rebels women's coach Rhys Cahir told The Courier he believes three Rebels players could be selected, with a talented pair of mid-fielders invited to attend the draft's first round in Melbourne.

Sophie Molan and Ella Wood will both be in attendance on Tuesday afternoon along with Cahir. The coach also believe's top-age player Nekaela Butler could be selected in the later rounds of the draft.

HOPEFUL: Ella Wood showcased her running and ball-winning ability with the Rebels in 2019.

HOPEFUL: Ella Wood showcased her running and ball-winning ability with the Rebels in 2019.

Cahir said it's an exciting time for everyone surrounding the three girls and their development as football players.

"It's pretty exciting obviously for the girls but also for their schools, their clubs and their families," he said.

"They are three girls who we believe are a massive chance (to get drafted). It's pretty exciting to think that we'll have a few more Rebels in the AFLW."

Cahir believes both Molan and Wood have the potential to impact AFLW clubs right away, while Butler may take some time while she develops a greater confidence in her own skill.

"I think Sophie Molan can contribute very early, she's a natural leader and has really worked hard at her craft to get herself into this position.

"Ella Wood is similar in that she got into the program and has continued to push herself and make a difference on the ground.

Nekaela Butler.

Nekaela Butler.

"Nekaela Butler has really come on late... we've thought she had the potential to get drafted and we've pushed her that way as much as she might not have thought it. She's worked really hard to give herself a chance, she's got all the talent in the world and just needs the confidence going forward."

The three women made up the core of the Rebel's leadership group in 2019, which saw the side win two of its nine games.

GWV Rebels talent manager Phil Partington echoed Cahir's excitement, adding that if the girls are drafted it will set a great example the younger players in the program.

They took the responsibility on themselves to be leaders of the program," he said.

"They're really level headed and their leadership abilities amongst our team this year has been outstanding. They've driven the standard up within our program and they pass that legacy onto the bottom-age girls. Those girls that are new to the program see how hard Sophie, Ella and Nekaela train and it rubs off on them. They're helping us create a bright future."

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