Eades says Ainsworth (pick 4) and Bowes (pick 10), both selected in the first round of last year’s National Draft, have set the benchmark for their fellow draftees at the club.
“Bowes and Ainsworth have done everything this pre-season and I think both of them would be in the mix for round one,” Eade said in an interview with AFL.com.au.
“It’s going to depend how they go in the JLT Community Series, how their form is.
“But they’ve certainly given themselves a chance.”
So if you’re looking for some cheap rookie in fantasy to start the season who are likely to get plenty of game time, Bowes and Ainsworth look like ideal choices.
Meanwhile, fellow top 10 draft pick, Jack Scrimshaw, will be forced to wait slightly longer for his debut, following an injury interrupted start to AFL life.
“We knew that his body needed to be built up the right way, so we’ve given him a really solid base program,” Eade said.
“He’s just back running and has just started football work. He won’t play his first game (in the NEAFL) until about round one or the bye weekend (between the end of the JLT series and round one).”