Fuifui Moimoi catches Harvey’s eye
Fremantle coach Mark Harvey has nominated Parramatta monster Fuifui Moimoi as the NRL talent he would be chasing as an AFL convert after the recent defections of Israel Folau and Karmichael Hunt.
With Folau the high-price marquee signing of the new Greater Western Sydney franchise, and Hunt having his first training session with Gold Coast today, Harvey welcomed the influx of elite sportsman – of whatever code – into the AFL.
He said “Moi Moi’s” physical style for the Eels and New Zealand had impressed him.
“I am not talking about the money, I am talking about attracting sportsmen of that calibre,” Harvey said.
“The real challenge is to make them into AFL footballers.
“If it was me, I would be thinking about getting Fuifui Moimoi, who plays for Parramatta and is a raging bull. That is who I would be talking to.
“He is a fantastic player and I love the way he plays the game, and he could play wherever he wanted to.”
Listed as 183cm tall and 108kg, Moimoi recently signed a new, two-year deal with the Eels after making his first grade debut in round six, 2004.
He celebrated his 100th first-grade game in the round three clash against Wests Tigers this year.
Harvey said he was looking forward to tracking the development of Folau and Hunt but could not foresee Fremantle making their own raid on the NRL.
“It will be fascinating to sit back and watch the guys, see their influence on the game and see what they might do,” Harvey said.
“It is a great compliment to be able to attract players like that to our game.
“I would like to get Fuifui but we are probably at the stage where we are going to develop our own.”
In team news, Dockers veteran Paul Hasleby will miss this weekend’s trip to Adelaide with a back injury.
Michael Barlow and Alex Silvagni are available for selection.