Jonathon Griffin is happy to be playing AFL – let alone leading the Fremantle Dockers’ ruck brigade.

The 26-year-old former Adelaide Crow was thrust into the role of lone ruckman in round 11, when Aaron Sandilands went down with injury early in the game.

Griffin played well and was a factor in Freo’s big win over Richmond at the MCG.
The lifelong Fremantle fan will again take charge this Saturday night against Essendon.

He said he was always looking to do the best he could every time he stepped out onto a footy ground.

“It’s just great to be playing alongside the boys,” he said.

“Regardless of where I’m playing, I just want to do the best I can and contribute to the team’s success.”

Griffin hoped to continue improving his game, which he said was always a work in progress.

“I’ve played a number of roles, including up forward and in the ruck,” he said.

“For me, it’s about continuing my development in those areas and, hopefully, I’ve got another four of five years where I can continue to do so.

“With all the support from the coaches and mentors at the footy club, hopefully every game I can get better and better.”

Griffin, along with inclusion Zac Clarke, will lock horns with in-form Essendon ruckman Patrick Ryder on Saturday. The Bombers have also recalled David Hille.

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