Morabito to follow Pav into a new dimension
Fremantle teenager Anthony Morabito wants to add a dimension to his game by developing the capacity to play as a forward.
Morabito, who turned 19 last month, is taking off-season tutelage from skipper Matthew Pavlich in a bid to make himself a more dangerous player next season.
“I was really comfortable at AFL level running with the play,” Morabito said yesterday.
“This year I want to try to develop the play coming to me as a forward. I am going to try to work a bit more with Pav who is pretty good at both – All-Australian in both positions.
“I want to take my fitness to another level, improve my game running with the ball but also add another string to my bow by being able to play forward.”
Morabito admitted he surprised himself by playing 23 games last year, but is not getting carried away with his first season.
“I was consistent to a degree but I would like to think I was just at a base level,” he said. “This year I would like to think I could get my fitness better and take my game to another level.”
He also expects to be more comfortable in the AFL environment after working on getting a better balance between football and the rest of his life.
“I am probably only just starting to find the balance between football and every other aspect,” he said.
“When you first get drafted it is footy, footy, footy and halfway through the year I was thinking what do I do now because this is all I am thinking about. I started working with some of the guys upstairs, taking my mind away from it which has been very good.”
While he hadn’t been measured for a while, Morabito might have added a centimetre or two to his 191cm height. He has dropped his weight marginally to about 93kg.
Meanwhile, teammate Garrick Ibbotson has his sights set on nailing down a midfield role and is prepared to boost his frame by several kilograms to do it.
“My whole junior career I have played wing, back with a bit more time and space,” he said. “Working on being an inside midfielder will give me more balance on both ways to play the game.
“It is as much technique as anything else to get in and win my own ball. I will still probably play at half-back and on the wing at times throughout the year, but I think I would really like to make a position for myself in the midfield.”