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WA young guns play wait and see
WA midfielder Jack Martin. Picture: Ben Crabtree / The West Australian.

The two most sought-after players for this year's GWS mini-draft are no certainties to nominate for selection, with Claremont pair Jack Martin and Jesse Hogan yet to commit to joining an AFL club.

Players born between January 1 and April 30 in 1995 have until August 1 to nominate for the mini-draft. Clubs can then trade with GWS for one of the two mini-draft selections, to be held on October 26.

Martin was second-best player at the national under-18 titles, behind likely No.1 draft pick Lachie Whitfield, and is the outstanding choice among mini-draft contenders.

The midfielder has returned home to Geraldton and won't play any more colts games for Claremont this season.

Martin's manager Jason Dover said the 17-year-old wouldn't nominate unless he was confident he'd be drafted by the right type of club.

"There are certain clubs that we'd be comfortable with. We're trying to work through those options," Dover said.

"If we send a kid from Western Australia interstate into the wrong system, and he's homesick and wants to come home because he's not ready for it yet, because he's 17 and not 18, are we doing the right thing by the player by making a three-year commitment?

"We're doing a lot of homework at the moment on which clubs could figure, to understand where he could go and try to narrow down which ones are likely. Then we'll make a more educated decision with Jack and his family.

"He's a country boy, so it would be a significant move."

Martin is among just three members of the under-18 All- Australian team who are eligible for the mini-draft.

The others are Hogan and Victorian Luke McDonald.

McDonald is unlikely to nominate because he wants to join North Melbourne next year under the father-son rule.

Hogan, a key forward whose contested marking was a highlight of the under-18 championships, is yet to sign with a manager.

Claremont are helping him to make a decision.

Tigers football manager Dean Horsington said both parties would meet again next week.

"There's a lot to work out for the family. In the next week, we'll sit down with them again to work it out," Horsington said.

"It's a bit of a lottery for the young kid, so the family are taking their time to work it out. I think they're heading down the path (of nominating). They need to be sure of the decision."

Twenty-five players nominated last year.

Gold Coast and Adelaide gave GWS top-10 draft selections and a compensation pick, then the Suns recruited WA's Jaeger O'Meara and the Crows took Victorian Brad Crouch.

GWS are expected to ask for key-position players this year to add more experience and strength.