Sale's Charlie Comben was selected by North Melbourne in the AFL draft

Charlie Comben (centre) has begun training at North Melbourne, just days after being drafted.
Charlie Comben (centre) has begun training at North Melbourne, just days after being drafted.

CHARLIE Comben has the chance to live a childhood dream after being selected by North Melbourne in the AFL draft last week.

The 18-year-old Catholic College Sale student was selected at pick number 31 on Thursday night.

The 199 centimetre tall ruckman is agile and has a strong overhead mark, also making him a viable forward option.

Comben has made big improvements this season with Gippsland Power in the under 18 competition, and also excelled playing for Victoria Country in the AFL under 18 championships.

Comben began training with the Kangaroos on Monday morning.

His new coach, Rhys Shaw, drove to Sale on Saturday morning to meet the draftee and his family.

Kangaroos national recruiting manager, Mark Finnigan was pleased Comben was available for the club's first pick in the draft.

"Charlie's a developing tall who's played ruck and key-forward," Finnigan told the club website.

"He's had a bit of an injury-interrupted couple of years, but this year he had a real breakout season with the Power and played some really good footy in the national championships."

Comben was one of seven Gippsland Power players who were added to AFL lists.

In the first round on Wednesday night, Caleb Serong (Warragul) and Sam Flanders (Fish Creek and Moe) were selected by Fremantle (pick eight) and Gold Coast (11) respectively.

Power captain Brock Smith (Moe) went to the Brisbane Lions at pick 33.

Another Moe player, Leo Connolly, was selected by St Kilda at pick 64.

In the rookie draft on Friday, Fraser Phillips (Warragul) was selected by Carlton and Harry Pepper (Morwell) to Hawthorn through its Next Generation Academy program.

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