Griffin says he’s at Freo to stay
Fremantle ruckman Jonathon Griffin is happy in Perth and has no plans to seek a trade at the end of the AFL season.
He has endured a frustrating time since arriving at the Dockers from Adelaide at the end of 2010, with the 201cm tap specialist forced to bide much of his time in the WAFL due to the dominance of Aaron Sandilands.
But with Sandilands sidelined by a toe injury, Griffin is enjoying his time as the club’s stand-in No.1 ruckman, and hopes he can keep his spot in the side once Sandilands is ready to resume
Griffin is out of contract at season’s end and would command serious interest on the open market, with Greater Western Sydney and several Victorian clubs, including St Kilda, on the lookout for a reliable ruckman.
But the 26-year-old said he was settled in Perth and wasn’t thinking about moving elsewhere.
“I’m happy here at Fremantle. I barracked for Fremantle as a kid, so I’m very happy to be part of the footy club,” Griffin said on Wednesday.
“My family’s here, so I’m definitely settled here.”
The Dockers have been reluctant in the past to play Sandilands and Griffin in the same team, with the coaching hierarchy preferring Zac Clarke as a back-up to Sandilands.
But Griffin hopes all three can form a strong on-field relationship once Sandilands is ready to resume from injury.
“All I can do is go out there and play the best I can,” Griffin said.
“If the coaches do decide to play the three of us, that would be great.
“When we do play together, it’s up to me to play the best I can so that we can show them it can work.
“I’m living and playing on the edge.”
Griffin will have his hands full trying to contain Bulldogs ruckman Will Minson in Sunday’s crunch clash at Patersons Stadium.
The Dockers sit in 13th spot on the table with a 6-7 win-loss record, but can make a major surge up the table over the next month with winnable games against the Bulldogs, Melbourne (away), GWS (home) and Port Adelaide (away).
Dockers pair Stephen Hill (ankle) and Zac Dawson (knee) were restricted to light duties at training on Wednesday and will face a fitness test later in the week to determine their availability.