Fremantle lands VFL defender via Gold Coast
Fremantle has gained pre-listed Gold Coast defender Peter Faulks in exchange for the upgrade of a late selection in next month’s NAB AFL Draft.
In its first deal of trade week, Fremantle swapped its third-round pick (No.55) for Gold Coast’s fourth-round selection (61) to secure Faulks, who spent 2007 and 2008 on the Sydney Swans’ senior list.
Gold Coast can pre-list up to 10 former AFL players under its draft concessions.
Faulks, 22, played full-back for Williamstown in 2010, and made the VFL team of with year.
A former Casey Scorpions teammate of Fremantle defender Alex Silvagni, he impressed the club at the recent NAB AFL Draft State Combine.
“He excelled particularly in the 20m sprint and vertical jump testing. At 195cm, he is a key defender who has a fierce competitive nature and elite closing speed,” Fremantle recruiting manager Brad Lloyd said.
Fremantle has lost key defender Chris Tarrant, who is likely to join Collingwood during trade week, while Antoni Grover is 30 and Luke McPharlin turns 29 in December.
However, the club would be heartened by its recent VFL record, with rookie-listed midfielder Michael Barlow enjoying a very successful debut season in 2010 until he suffered a serious leg injury.