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Bombers settled on AFL draft pick

AAP logoAAP 22/11/2016 Roger Vaughan

Essendon have decided who are they taking with the top AFL draft pick and will keep it to themselves until Friday night.

Sandringham's Andrew McGrath and Hugh McCluggage from North Ballarat are the two most popular choice for the No.1 selection.

Bombers coach John Worsfold said they are telling no-one - not even the successful player - until his name is announced at the Sydney draft.

"As a club, pretty much we know what we're doing," Worsfold said.

"It would take a unique set of circumstances for that to change between now and Friday and hopefully that doesn't change."

Bombers coach John Worsfold © Getty Images Bombers coach John Worsfold

Worsfold said the top half dozen candidates were all worthy No.1 picks and that would become apparent over the next few years.

"Those top five or six names - it's hard to split them all," he said.

"We're rapt we get the choice of all those guys, they all look like they're going to be wonderful players."

Worsfold compared it to the celebrated 2001 draft, which brought Luke Hodge, Chris Judd and Luke Ball into the AFL.

The Bombers coach added that they were open about the club's supplements debacle while talking to the families of prospective draftees.

"We raise it, we talk about it," Worsfold said.

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