1228_Ethan
First off: Congrats to the Freo dockers for knocking over the Dee's to piece together 2 wins in a row. Amazing effort! I just want to provide my opinion to where our focus's should lie in this years trade period to ensure a successful 2018 and would love to get your input.
Personally, if I were the Fremantle list manager, the main focus for this years trade period should be:
1) A grade midfielder in the age bracket of 21-25
2) A grade forward in the age bracket of 21-25
A mid with attributes like Tom Mitchell, Luke Parker, Josh Kennedy, Adam Treloar and Taylor Adams is crucial to compete with the elite midfields in the competition and increase depth as I feel depth at the moment is very low. This would ultimately make the retirement of David Mundy easier and more exitingly, it would allow Fyfe to push forward as the midfield load is taken off him and moved onto a new, 'Fyfe-like' player. Blakely, Grey and Balic are all showing good signs although an elite midfielder around the level of Fyfe would benefit the team immensely. A lot of people are talking about Fyfes potential half forward role and he could definitely embrace this position as long as another player is bought in to ease the load on the midfield. Secondly, an A grade, classy forward is needed as the depth is quite low. In Fremantles 16 point win over the bulldogs, our forwards included Weller, McCarthy, Langdon, Walters, Kersten and Grey. Every forward kicked at least 1 goal (excluding Ed Langdon) which was a good result on the night however I'm not sure this will be sustainable as players like Langdon and Weller aren't exactly made to be forwards. I see them both as outside players at this point. Personally, I think there are 2 paths Fremantle can take as of now: Go for a tall key forward or continue down the road of developing a fast pacey forward line by recruiting a small forward. An example of this would be either a key forward like Jesse Hogan, or a smaller pacey forward like Jamie Elliott as these type of players would both fit in well with the Freo lineup.
Below is the new Fremantle team I would like to see in 2018 where 'X'=A grade forward and 'Y'=A grade midfielder.

B: E. Hughes J. Hamling S. Collins
HB: A. Pearce M. Johnson L. Spurr
C: S. Hill L. Neale B. Hill
HF: L. Weller N. Fyfe B. Grey
F: M. Walters C. McCarthy X
R: A. Sandilands D. Mundy Y
I/C C. Blakely H. Balic G. Logue S. Kersten

What are your thoughts on this and do you think Fremantle will have the tradeable players and draft picks to pull of these trades?
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Purple Heart
Agree with your reasoning Ethan. I think the selectors have it in the back of their minds to increase Fyfe's role around the forward line and recruit more midfielders to fill the void. The rotations that we're seeing now with Mundy, Fyfe and Neale drifting forward are working beautifully.

Mundy's form so far this season suggests that he may even be up to going around for another season in spite of his age. It would buy us some time and allow some of the youngsters in the midfield to mature.

Also, a lot hinges on how well Ballas goes when he comes back. If this is his final year at the club, we may well be looking at picking up another crumbing forward. I think the age groups you have mentioned would be pretty well right. Cam will become our leading forward, but the fact that we are conceding several inches in height with him, may persuade selectors to look around for an additional tall.
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Frederick Ziffel
1228_Ethan wrote:
First off: Congrats to the Freo dockers for knocking over the Dee's to piece together 2 wins in a row. Amazing effort! I just want to provide my opinion to where our focus's should lie in this years trade period to ensure a successful 2018 and would love to get your input.
Personally, if I were the Fremantle list manager, the main focus for this years trade period should be:
1) A grade midfielder in the age bracket of 21-25
2) A grade forward in the age bracket of 21-25
A mid with attributes like Tom Mitchell, Luke Parker, Josh Kennedy, Adam Treloar and Taylor Adams is crucial to compete with the elite midfields in the competition and increase depth as I feel depth at the moment is very low. This would ultimately make the retirement of David Mundy easier and more exitingly, it would allow Fyfe to push forward as the midfield load is taken off him and moved onto a new, 'Fyfe-like' player. Blakely, Grey and Balic are all showing good signs although an elite midfielder around the level of Fyfe would benefit the team immensely. A lot of people are talking about Fyfes potential half forward role and he could definitely embrace this position as long as another player is bought in to ease the load on the midfield. Secondly, an A grade, classy forward is needed as the depth is quite low. In Fremantles 16 point win over the bulldogs, our forwards included Weller, McCarthy, Langdon, Walters, Kersten and Grey. Every forward kicked at least 1 goal (excluding Ed Langdon) which was a good result on the night however I'm not sure this will be sustainable as players like Langdon and Weller aren't exactly made to be forwards. I see them both as outside players at this point. Personally, I think there are 2 paths Fremantle can take as of now: Go for a tall key forward or continue down the road of developing a fast pacey forward line by recruiting a small forward. An example of this would be either a key forward like Jesse Hogan, or a smaller pacey forward like Jamie Elliott as these type of players would both fit in well with the Freo lineup.
Below is the new Fremantle team I would like to see in 2018 where 'X'=A grade forward and 'Y'=A grade midfielder.

B: E. Hughes J. Hamling S. Collins
HB: A. Pearce M. Johnson L. Spurr
C: S. Hill L. Neale B. Hill
HF: L. Weller N. Fyfe B. Grey
F: M. Walters C. McCarthy X
R: A. Sandilands D. Mundy Y
I/C C. Blakely H. Balic G. Logue S. Kersten

What are your thoughts on this and do you think Fremantle will have the tradeable players and draft picks to pull of these trades?


We have a young kid training with us from time to time who is in our academy. His name is Justin Carter and I think he is from Halls Creek.
He is a good size already for a sixteen year old and as quick as fury. I watched him closely at Freo Oval last year because I didn't recognize him kicking beautifully off both feet.

He will be ours in 2019.
In the meantime this years draft is said to be rich in KPP .
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Goby
WA Boys get em home, don't care where you put them 

Jason Johannisen
Mitch McGovern


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Frosty29
Agreed Goby. 100%. And the best ways to do this is not only win games, but give our latest recruits a lot of air time and get them to enficis how great it is to be based back home.
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MCleody
Goby wrote:
WA Boys get em home, don't care where you put them 

Jason Johannisen
Mitch McGovern




Did you notice the banter and interaction between our players and JJ during and after the game ?

The rumour mill is active and I reckon there may be something to it.

Mitch McGovern would probably involve a bidding war with the slime. It is worth pursuing if no other reason than making wc pay a top price.
And as the cup goes up hear the shouting
Freooo, Freo.
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anchorman
I agree Macca.
Youth being played now makes for a bright out come of boys wanting to come home.

2x25=Seinor&Michael.

29 = 353.

Improver one,Taylin Duman.

Improver two, Brett Bewley.
Smokey, Tobe Watson.
 

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MCleody
anchorman wrote:
I agree Macca.
Youth being played now makes for a bright out come of boys wanting to come home.



Yeah, one gets the other, doesn't it ?
Not just because of Joel Hamling being a possible influence with JJ but in general when our younger guys are all working nicely together it can be a strong lure for others to come home., especially with our new facilities.
Really, I am loving what I am seeing now with this team.
I have definitely changed my attitude this year from being focused on where we finish on the ladder to one of being more interested in seeing this group playing plenty of games together and the growing chemistry.

One should facilitate the other anyway.
And as the cup goes up hear the shouting
Freooo, Freo.
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Goby
I'm not sure West Coast have room for Mitch McGovern, dunno where they would put him. He just did a hammy so we aren't going to see what he is capable of until RD11 at least. That might change the landscape.
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Goby
I'm watching Port v Carlton

Sam Pepper Powell who you wanted in the draft last year Ethan is doing ok. Probably not his best game so far but he would of been handy for the midfield future. 

Sam is finding it a bit tough but then he is playing in a pretty crap team. 


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gtar58
Our first pick is going to be better , And he was not going to slip to our second so i am happy 
I do think SPP will be a good player though , But i think Harley Balic will be better
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