Palmer ends life with Freo
Fremantle midfielder Rhys Palmer has confirmed his intention to leave the club, with new franchise Greater Western Sydney shaping as the most likely destination for the 22-year-old.
The 2008 NAB AFL Rising Star, who has played 54 games for Fremantle in four seasons, advised the club that he would not seek a new contract for 2012, according to his manager Colin Young.
There is speculation that Palmer will join the Giants under inaugural coach Kevin Sheedy on a long-term deal, but Young said a Melbourne-based club had also shown interest in securing the midfielder.
“I can confirm that Rhys has advised Fremantle, through (list manager) Brad Lloyd and (football manager) Chris Bond that he does not want a new contract with the Dockers,” Young said on his player management website.
“We will be meeting with GWS and another club on Tuesday that are interested in Rhys as we determine what is best for his future.
“We hope to make an announcement within 24 hours.”
Asked on radio station 6PR on Monday night what his gut feeling was on Palmer’s future, Fremantle coach Mark Harvey said: “I’m fairly well connected to GWS, so you can work it out from there”.
The coach said no Fremantle players had come to the club requesting trades, but opposition players had expressed interest in moving to the port club though their management.
“Particularly guys from WA in and around those eastern states clubs, sometimes they want to come home for different reasons,” he said.
“Some players want to come to Fremantle for other reasons. It’ll all come out leading into trade week.
“We’ll certainly consider the approach.”
Harvey also said that he had not been told by contracted ruckman Jon Griffin, who joined the club at the end of last season, that he wanted to return to an Adelaide-based club.