Former West Coast, Hawthorn star Xavier Ellis calls for Docker Michael Walters to be shifted to half-back


Former West Coast and Hawthorn star Xavier Ellis has referred to as for Fremantle to deploy Michael Walters as a half-back because the 30-year-old makes an attempt to rediscover his All-Australian kind.

At his finest, Walters is without doubt one of the finest small forwards within the competitors and has led Fremantle’s aim kicking on 5 events.

However tasked with pushing larger up the bottom this season, Walters has seen his numbers drop off throughout the board after a restricted pre-season.

Walters was held again this pre-season with a foot harm however managed to construct health in time for Fremantle’s AAMI Neighborhood Sequence match towards West Coast solely to pressure his hamstring and miss the primary two video games of the 12 months.

In his All-Australian season in 2019, Walters averaged 21.8 disposals and 1.8 objectives a recreation however has gone at simply 14.6 touches and one aim a recreation thus far this 12 months.

Walters stated earlier this season his coaches and teammates were happy with the impact he was having on video games however talking on the Exhausting Ball Will get AFL Present, Ellis argued Walters was out of shape and wanted a positional shift to spark his season.

“You recognize what I’d love to see to try to get Sonny again into kind? Taking part in him off half-back,” Ellis stated.

“Bizarre I do know however you go simply go. See it, go, get your one, two, three, 4 (touches).

Michael Walters of the Dockers looks to pass the ball during the 2021 AFL Round 07 match.
Digicam IconMichael Walters of the Dockers appears to move the ball in the course of the 2021 AFL Spherical 07 match. Credit score: Will Russell/AFL Photographs

“It’s like they’re filling it with scrappers anyway so if Sonny will get overwhelmed one-on-one, it’s not the tip of the world.

“He had 21 touches final week towards West Coast and we stated within the name. However late he went one, two, three, 4, 5 (touches) in a row, apart from that, he had not simply see it.

“Sonny ought to be pushing to be within the high 10 gamers within the competitors.”

Daniels questioned whether or not the league had seen the perfect of Walters however positioned the emphasis on the goalsneak to rediscover his finest kind.

“If you’re 30 and also you’re having an actual kind hunch, you will have to discover a approach to pull your self out of it,” he stated.

“I really feel like we’ve spent Sonny’s entire profession saying ‘why don’t we simply do that?’ I hate that we haven’t seen the very best of him.”

In the meantime, a number of Dockers might be making ready to return for Fremantle as a part of the second leg of their interstate street journey.

Fremantle took an prolonged squad to Queensland which included injured quartet Sam Switkowski, Alex Pearce, Adam Cerra and Luke Ryan.

Switkowski, who’s due to return this weekend, seems the most probably substitute for injured ahead Michael Frederick whereas the membership might additionally decide to hand speedy draftee Joel Western a debut.

Defender Reece Conca performed out the loss towards Brisbane regardless of grabbing at his proper hamstring within the first quarter but when deemed unfit, might be changed by the likes of Ryan or Pearce who’re each on the verge of returning.

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