COLLINGWOOD assistant coach Paul Licuria has emerged as an unlikely ally for Fremantle midfielder Rhys Palmer as the promising youngster attempts to make a successful AFL return after having his right knee reconstructed.

Palmer travelled to Melbourne with Fremantle in round four as part of a planned football education trip and had breakfast with Licuria, who overcame two knee reconstructions as a teenager to win consecutive Copeland Trophies at Collingwood in a 192-game career.

Former Collingwood high performance manager Simon Lloyd, who is now in charge of Fremantle’s development academy, saw the opportunity for Palmer to learn from Licuria’s experience and arranged the meeting.

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