Three picks under 30 in draft for Freo
The Fremantle Dockers will have three picks under 30, including two first round selections, in next month’s NAB AFL National Draft after securing pick 29 on the final day of the trade period, which concluded today.
It will be the first time since the 2008 national draft – when the club secured Stephen Hill, Hayden Ballantyne and Nick Suban with its first three selections – that Fremantle will have three picks under 30 in the draft.
Fremantle acquired pick 29 in the final hours of the trade period today when the club traded its second round selection (38), third round selection (56) with Hawthorn for the Hawks’ second round selection (29), third round selection (58) and fourth round selection (71).
The club secured pick 20 last week in a three-way exchange involving Great Western Sydney and St Kilda.
General manager of football operations Chris Bond said the club was excited by the prospect of heading to the 2011 national draft with three picks under 30.
“Since 2008, we’ve been really strong on adding to our talent and building our list via the draft,” Bond said.
“We are really looking forward to the national draft next month, and having three selections under 30 will provide a significant boost to maintaining that strategy.
“It’s also worth noting that from 2008 onwards we’ve had more picks in the national draft than any other club and that’s likely to be the case again in this year’s draft.”
Fremantle’s picks in the draft will be: 16, 20, 29, 58, 71 and 74.