A host of draft-relevant names have been included in Victoria Metro's squad for the 2023 U18 Boys National Championships.

The squad was announced on Wednesday as the team finalises its preparation for this year's telling festivities.

Nick Watson and Nate Caddy, two of the most highly-anticipated names being floated as top-end selections at this November's National Draft, and who were a part of the 2023 AFL Academy Boys program, have been selected to the illustrious squad.

Caddy is the nephew of Richmond premiership player Josh, who also played for Geelong and the Gold Coast Suns over the course of his AFL career.

Levi Ashcroft, the younger brother of prodigious first-year Lions midfielder Will, has found himself included in the side, as has Jordan Croft, the son of former Western Bulldogs defender Matthew.

Croft is every chance of becoming the latest in a line of recent Bulldogs father-son draft picks, including Mitch Wallis, Tom Liberatore, Sam Darcy, Rhylee West and Zaine Cordy.

All in all, the talented Metro squad comprises 36 players from across the Coates Talent League, all of whom will be pressing their cases to be drafted by an AFL club at year's end.

The Championships began last Sunday, with Metro set to commence its campaign against South Australia this Sunday at Thebarton Oval.