Freo flex their muscles
Fremantle midfielder Jayden Pitt will be allocated to a new WAFL club later this month as part of a push to help the teenager’s development.
Pitt, 19, played eight matches for the Dockers last year after being taken with the club’s first selection in the 2010 national draft at No.20.
The slightly-built Pitt was dropped after the western derby loss to West Coast in round eight and his form with Perth in the WAFL subsequently dipped.
Pitt’s involvement with the Demons ended on a sour note last August.
He had been an emergency for the Dockers’ clash with St Kilda in Melbourne and flew back in time to play for Perth against Subiaco in round 20, but was held out of the match by Fremantle after a mix-up between the two clubs.
It was not the only hiccup in the relationship between the clubs during the season.
Fremantle chose to shift Justin Bollenhagen from Perth to Swan Districts after the Demons said they could not guarantee the forward a league match in his comeback from injury.
Fremantle were understood to be keen to move Pitt to Peel or Swan Districts.
The WA Football Commission have since stepped in to request his inclusion in the pool of interstate AFL draftees who will be allocated to WAFL clubs after February 14.
Peel have first choice in the allocation and at least two selections overall.
The WAFC will meanwhile not budge on the points value allocated to de-listed Docker Casey Sibosado in order to improve his WAFL prospects.
Sibosado’s sole AFL game, which came during round 24 last year against the Western Bulldogs as Fremantle battled to field a fit team, resulted in his value under WAFL rules being upgraded from eight points to 12.
The change has left Perth unable to squeeze Sibosado into their points cap despite the 21-year-old having played 30 matches with them over the past two seasons.
Perth have asked for Sibosado’s value to be reduced so they can keep him, but WAFL football operations manager Clint Roberts has ruled he will remain a 12-point player.
Claremont, Sibosado’s original WAFL club, can take him at the cost of just one point, but with their depth of players he is likely to battle for a senior game.
“I think it’s really up to him now to find a spot,” Roberts said.
“Certainly Claremont is open, they’re happy to have him.”
· Brownlow Medal eligibility rules will be unchanged this year, despite an AFL review springing from the Sam Mitchell case last year.
Hawthorn’s star midfielder was ruled ineligible for the 2011 medal because of an offence for which he was not suspended.
His early guilty plea to head-high contact with Geelong’s Steve Johnson in round five earned him a penalty reduction which allowed him to escape with a reprimand.
As it turned out, he would not have won the medal anyway, polling 30 votes, four fewer than winner Dane Swan.