Swans' recruiting coup: Top Victorian draft duo set to head north

TOP Victorian draft prospects Sofia Hurley and Montana Ham are set to nominate for the New South Wales draft zone, womens.afl understands.

Ham, a highly talented 180cm midfielder from Western Jets, looks almost certain to land at Sydney, which holds the No.1 selection overall in the state-based draft.

Hurley, who ran the fourth fastest 2km time trial at the NAB AFLW Draft Combine earlier this month, is also set to nominate for the NSW pool.

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As Sydney hold the first five selections in that pool, the duo are almost certain to become Swans.

Ham has made the decision based on a number of factors, including lifestyle and her university choices, wanting to get into physiotherapy.

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The Swans also look set to take top New South Wales product Cynthia Hamilton, and will also select mature-age players Alice Mitchell (Gunnedah, NSW) and Montana Beruldsen (Hawthorn VFLW).

The latter pair were initially signed as open-age players, but having not previously nominated for the draft, will have to go through this year's edition.

Draft nominations close on Tuesday at 5pm, with the draft to be held on Wednesday 29.

Players are only able to nominate one state in which to be drafted.

If they go undrafted, a club from another state with room on their list can approach the player and ascertain if they’re interested in moving interstate, given the part-time nature of the competition.

Former Adelaide forward Sarah Perkins was signed in this way after being overlooked in Victoria.