Horsham’s Darcy Tucker heads to United States for NAB AFL Academy training camp

Darcy Tucker. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

HORSHAM footballer Darcy Tucker will travel to the United States to complete a training camp with the NAB AFL Academy squad on Friday.

The camp will run for 10 days from Saturday at the IMG Academy in Florida and features the academy’s 35 level two scholarship holders.

The IMG Academy is renowned for developing elite athletes and has a focus on responsibility, leadership and determination.

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Tucker was selected for the academy’s level two program after an impressive showing at the national under-18 championships last year, which culminated in him earning All-Australian selection.

The academy features some of the best under-18 players in the country.

AFL national and international talent manager Kevin Sheehan said the camp would help prepare players for an AFL career.

“This international tour provides our academy players with the opportunity to experience the nuances of travel and adjusting to the environmental issues of training professionally in different venues,” he said.

Recent academy graduates include Patrick McCartin, the number one overall pick at last year’s draft.

Seven of the top 10 draftees were members of the academy.

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