Melbourne have thrown down the challenge to Gold Coast and GWS ahead of Monday's father-son bidding meeting by nominating Jack Viney as a father-son recruit.
As the free agency period ended with no further moves beyond the six arranged before yesterday, Viney joined Joe Daniher (Essendon) and Lachie Hunter (Western Bulldogs) as players nominated as father-son selections.
Other clubs must declare they will draft the players with a specific pick if they want to stop them joining the father-son nominating club.
The nominated club must then guarantee it will choose the player with its draft pick or lose the player to the other team. Melbourne's first selection is at No.3, ensuring only Gold Coast and GWS can force the Dees to use the early pick to choose the son of former captain Todd.
But if the Suns or Giants bid for Viney, the Demons may decide not to match the offer.
Viney is a proven underage star and would most likely join Melbourne at pick 13 if the bottom two clubs don't nominate him.
Essendon will have to give up pick 10 for Daniher because the key forward is one of the best young players in Australia.
Recruiting him with that selection is considered a bargain.
Hunter is tipped to cost the Bulldogs a third-round pick.
The upcoming trade period will produce plenty of issues and the GWS mini-draft is one that will capture plenty of attention.
Gold Coast traded pick four last year to get the first choice in that draft and used it to recruit young WA star Jaeger O'Meara.
All of the focus this year is on Claremont's Jack Martin after an outstanding under-18s carnival.
While he can't play AFL until 2014, the Bulldogs have been tipped to offer GWS two top-10 picks so they can recruit him this year.
Martin spent the year playing football in Geraldton but said he wanted to be on an AFL list next season.
"The clubs have asked about that a lot. I'm a pretty dedicated person and want to be the best and want to stick at my footy," Martin told afl.com.au.
"I'm not really that much of a person who gets homesick so if I come over to Melbourne I'll be used to being away from my family."
Meanwhile, WA's draft hopefuls have performed well at the AFL Draft Combine in Victoria.
East Fremantle's Harry Marsh finished top five in the 20m sprint, Peel's Kamdyn McIntosh had a top-five result in the beep test and East Fremantle's Josh Simpson placed in the top five for the kicking test.
Peel's Laine Wilkins had a big week with top-five results in the kicking, handball and vertical jump tests to push his name in front of recruiters.