Mitch Clark has today confirmed his commitment to being a Fremantle Docker in 2012.

Clark has become the subject of a last minute bidding war, with Melbourne vying to trump Fremantle’s longstanding offer for the 23-year-old via the lure of a bigger financial package and by reportedly offering Brisbane pick 12 for him in the NAB AFL National Draft.

“I respect and genuinely appreciate the interest shown by Melbourne but these decisions are not always about the financial side of things,” Clark said.

“I’ve been saying for quite some time now that I want to return home to WA and play for Fremantle. Despite the highly attractive offer Melbourne have put on the table, I remain firmly committed to returning to Perth to be with my family and to signing with Freo.”

A ruckman/forward who has played 82 games for the Lions since making his debut in 2006, Clark said he was hopeful that Brisbane and Fremantle would be able to resolve the situation before the trade period’s 2.00pm (EST) deadline on Monday.

“I’m really grateful for the interest shown by Melbourne and the way they’ve gone about the negotiations but my strong desire is that Brisbane and Fremantle are able to reach an agreement that will allow me to return home to WA,” he said.

“If no agreement can be reached between Brisbane and Fremantle, I’m firmly committed to nominating for the pre-season draft.”

Clark has also advised both Melbourne and Brisbane of his intention to return to Perth and sign with Fremantle.

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