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Claremont pair set to move interstate as Giants hold sway in draft
Jesse Hogan takes part in the goalkicking assessment during the 2012 AFL draft combine at Etihad Stadium. Pic: Getty Images

Greater Western Sydney appear set to enter this year's national draft with the first three selections - and boom Claremont youngsters Jack Martin and Jesse Hogan will play interstate.

Gold Coast this morning traded pick two to the Giants in exchange for the first pick in the 17-year-old mini-draft, which they will use to sign silky midfielder Martin.

The Suns used a similar tactic last year by sending pick four to the GWS so they could recruit Perth's Jaeger O'Meara.

Melbourne are now believed to be negotiating with the Giants for the second pick in the mini-draft and are expected to hand over pick three in the national draft so they can recruit Hogan.

A power forward, Hogan was outstanding for Claremont all year, particularly in the preliminary final against East Fremantle where he had 24 possessions and kicked four goals as the focal point in attack.

Neither player will be allowed to play AFL until 2014 but they can move interstate to start training with their clubs straight away.

The impending deals will see GWS have a stranglehold on this year's draft, with the first the picks allowing them to build on their already-impressive young list.

Jack Martin during the 2012 AFL draft combine at Etihad Stadium. Pic: Getty Images
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