Hayden will give rookie heads up on defending
Rookie Jordan King-Wilson will serve an apprenticeship under the guidance of the very man whose place he will be aiming to take in Fremantle’s ranks.
The 18-year-old from Darwin, who will head west after being selected with pick No.61 in the AFL rookie draft, has already been earmarked as a potential like-for- like replacement for defender Roger Hayden.
And it will be to Hayden whom the teenager will be able to turn to during his first pre-season, with the retired veteran now serving as a development coach at the Dockers.
Fremantle list manager Brad Lloyd did not hide the distinct similarities between the pair.
Both are offensively-minded defenders capable of streaming out of the back line and using the ball with precision.
It was a trait King-Wilson showed repeatedly with the Northern Territory Thunder and with North Adelaide while boarding in Adelaide this year.
Like the new recruit, Hayden also started his own 128-game AFL career on Fremantle’s rookie list.
Lloyd said King-Wilson was capable of playing a similar role to that once filled by Hayden.
“He’s just got to make his own career down here, but he plays in a similar role,” Lloyd said.
“Jordan’s already excited about working with Roger, so they’ll get along really well.”
King-Wilson’s selection came as the club’s plan to secure former St Kilda defender Zac Dawson went without a hitch.
Dawson, 25, was yesterday taken at pick 10 by Fremantle in the pre-season draft after Greater Western Sydney had passed in all six of their earlier picks.
Fremantle also rookie drafted three-times SANFL premiership player Lee Spurr and South Fremantle’s Haiden Schloithe.
Spurr, recruited with pick eight, shapes as the club’s latest rookie wild-card.
The 24-year-old utility player has a proven knack for taking spectacular marks and had also been interviewed by St Kilda, Hawthorn and Essendon.
Lloyd said the commercial law student’s form for SANFL powerhouse Central District over the past four seasons had convinced them to give him a chance.
“We heavily thought about taking him as a national pick and we would have liked one more pick to take him,” Lloyd said. Source Link