Josh Fraser deal likely
Collingwood ruckman Josh Fraser may join Fremantle in a direct swap for defender Chris Tarrant during trade week.
Fraser, 29 in January, appears certain to be left out of Collingwood’s team for the Grand Final and has probably played his last game for the Magpies.
Fraser, the prized No.1 selection from the 1999 national draft, has played 200 games for Collingwood during 11 seasons, but is out of favour with coach Mick Malthouse and is keen to move to re-energise his career.
He has played nine games this season – and only one since Round 12.
Darren Jolly claimed Collingwood’s No. 1 ruck place after arriving from Sydney and journeyman Leigh Brown is his preferred back-up.
Fremantle chief executive Steve Rosich declined to comment on any Tarrant-Fraser swap deal yesterday, but it appears to suit all parties.
Tarrant, who turned 30 yesterday, this week flagged his wish to return to Collingwood, which is keen to add another key defender to its arsenal.
Simon Prestigiacomo, 32, is coming to the end of his career.
Fraser would provide Fremantle with useful ruck support for Aaron Sandilands, freeing up tall utility Michael Johnson to settle in a key position, probably in defence.
Fraser’s ability to play forward also would provide the Dockers with a much-needed tall target in attack – something that is lacking because skipper Matthew Pavlich spends much time in the midfield.
Fraser is at the tail-end of his career, but a supporting ruck role to Sandilands for a couple of seasons would give promising East Perth tyro Zac Clarke time to develop in the WAFL.