Debutant Lee Spurr is one of two inclusions to Fremantle’s team to play Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium on Saturday afternoon.Hard-running defender Dylan Roberton has also earned senior selection after a sizzling month of footy for WAFL side East Perth.

Nathan Fyfe is out after the club announced earlier this week that the star youngster would require surgery on his shoulder, while Jack Anthony has been omitted.

The emergencies for the trip to Queensland were Jay van Berlo, Alex Silvagni and new recruit Tom Sheridan.

Spurr already has senior experience, having spent the past five seasons playing for Central Districts in the SANFL, winning three premierships.

The 24-year-old rookie, who was elevated onto the senior list last week, said he was experiencing a range of emotions after finding out he would be playing his first AFL game.

“I’m pretty nervous and I’m pretty excited,” Spurr said.

“I’m just looking forward to it coming around.”

Spurr envisaged a role in defence, where he has played most of his football, but he was just happy to do his bit for the team, wherever he played.

“I’ll fight the fight, go in hard and do what’s required of me to play my role,” he said.


Freo’s General Manager of Football, Chris Bond, said Spurr had stepped up in all areas of training since arriving at the club and richly deserved his debut.

“He’s a really competitive beast and he’s played some great footy in South Australia at a successful club,” he said.

“We’re really excited to have him in the team.”

Bond said the club’s expectations on Spurr in his debut were the same placed on any player in his first game for Fremantle.

“We expect a real commitment to effort and for Lee to play to our structures, which everyone has done over the first five weeks,” he said.

Fremantle defeated Gold Coast by 50 points at Patersons Stadium last year in Matthew Pavlich’s 250th game.

The Freo skipper could achieve another significant milestone against the Suns on Saturday – he needs five goals to reach 500 in his career.

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