West Australian youngsters Justin Monaco and Blayne Wilson will train with Fremantle and West Coast respectively over the coming weeks in the hopes of earning a rookie spot in their home State. 

Despite the young defenders going into last week’s national draft almost certain to find their way onto a senior list, both were overlooked and will have to rely on a chance in next month’s pre-season and rookie drafts. 

Fremantle are expected to take young key position players in the rookie draft, with Monaco’s rebounding defensive abilities sure to bring him into contention. 

The Eagles, who can take Wilson in either draft due to the de-listing of Ashley Hansen, are nearly certain to take the Peel defender after only adding four youngsters to their list last week. 

Meanwhile, Fremantle are still poised to snare Collingwood forward Jack Anthony in the pre-season draft. The 22-year-old is training with the club and has agreed to terms should he end up at the port club permanently. 

The only danger appears to be the Gold Coast, who hold the first pick in the pre-season draft but are yet to commit to any player. Coach Guy McKenna is believed to be a fan of Anthony’s after the pair worked together during McKenna’s time as a Collingwood assistant.

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