It’s hard to pinpoint a best position for Fremantle’s newest NAB AFL Draft recruits, but that is precisely the club’s intention, according to assistant coach Simon Lloyd.

Fremantle used its three selections at last week’s draft to snare Jayden Pitt, Viv Michie and Josh Mellington – three tall, versatile youngsters that the club believes can potentially play midfield, half-forward and half-back at the top level.

Their selection is part of an ongoing list management strategy to stockpile versatile players with elite skills and running ability that Lloyd hopes will make Fremantle one of the hardest AFL teams to match up on.

“The versatility’s really important for us, particularly with the changes in interchange rotations,” Lloyd told

“That’s one of [senior coach] Mark Harvey’s greatest strengths, seeing where the game’s moving, so we’ve chosen players that aren’t locked into specific roles but have a fair amount of versatility.

“The list management model is all about getting players that are in that high 180 to low 190 [centimetres] – guys that are of that height that are elite runners as well and can use the footy.

“You can see that the size of the group is changing.”

Fremantle’s first selection at No.4 overall, Pitt, stands 188cm and said he had played everywhere in 2010, a year that saw him burst into draft calculations and earn All Australian selection while representing Vic Country.

“I started off the season down back and moved into the midfield and down forward … I can’t really pinpoint one player that I play like,” the 18-year-old said from Fremantle Oval on Tuesday.

“I guess I’m a bit of a utility type footballer and like to play in any position.”

Fremantle’s second selection, Viv Michie, stands 187cm and is another player who has proven himself in the midfield, backline and particularly as a high half-forward at under-age level.

The No.44 draft pick will arrive at the club on Thursday after completing exams in Victoria.

Mellington, Fremantle’s third and final selection at last week’s draft, was the youngest player selected on the Gold Coast and the 17-year-old said he was looking forward to developing in a variety of positions at Fremantle.

“I played predominately forward this year as well as floating through the midfield and down back,” Mellington said.

Fremantle’s three young recruits will live with teammates – including Nat Fyfe, Anthony Morabito, Hayden Ballantyne and Jay van Berlo – for the next fortnight before being placed with a host family.

Lloyd said it was a club policy designed to throw the youngsters into AFL life from the start and show them the off-field standards expected by their new teammates.

“I’ve had a number of conversations with Hayden Ballantyne, Fyfe, van Berlo and Morabito over the last few weeks and they’re saying that we need to actually raise the standard and we actually need to get a great deal of improvement out of this group of first- to fourth-years,” Lloyd said.

“I rang the new recruits as soon as they were drafted and said, ‘The group is going to demand a lot from you, but you’ve got to demand a lot from yourself as well … you’ve got to want to play round one AFL’.

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