The beginning of the AFL season is quick approaching and each West Coast and Fremantle seem to have struck gold in final 12 months’s rookie draft, with a teenager at each golf equipment pushing for round one choice.
On the primary Duff and Quarters episode of 2021, Chief footy author at The West Australian Mark Duffield and The Sunday Instances’ sports activities editor Glen Quartermain believed they’ve recognized a few stand-out first 12 months gamers in Fremantle’s Josh Treacy and the Eagles’ Zane Trew.
Freo’s quantity seven rookie choice, Josh Treacy, is believed to have exceeded expectations down in Cockburn and may now be within the box-seat for an early debut.
The 194 cm key ahead from Bendigo may doubtlessly line up alongside one other Freo rookie-list success story, Matt Taberner, come round one towards Melbourne.
“My ‘watch this area’ participant at Fremantle this preseason is Josh Treacy,” Duffield mentioned.
“If Fremantle was choosing a staff for round one this weekend, I’m tipping that Josh Treacy can be in that staff. So he’s actually one that stunned them a bit.”
“Fyfe ahead, Treacy possibly coming up and Taberner (hamstring) in all probability per week away however I believe they’re hoping of placing collectively a really strong ahead line the Dockers.”
West Coast’s prospecting may very well be even higher than their cross-town rivals with quantity 20 decide within the rookie draft, Zane Trew, outstanding in open trainings to date this preseason.
The Eagles might have membership nice Peter Sumich to thank for the cut price pick-up falling their method, after the previous West Coast ahead’s disparaging feedback about Trew noticed the Swan Districts’ product tumble out of a possible top-20 choice and into the arms of coach Adam Simpson.
“The bloke that impressed me at their coaching the opposite day was Zane Trew,” Duffield continued.
“I believe the Eagles have gotten a discount right here. Peter Summich gave Trew a clip and he dropped from a prime 20 draft fancy into the rookie draft.
“Whether or not he realised he must sharpen up or whether or not Suma was a bit huge of the mark, there are some options that Sumich was a bit onerous as a result of Trew was in a weak colts staff and he was clearly their benchmark midfielder and subsequently was getting consideration from opposition midfields.
“3 times in match simulation the opposite day, he got here out of the center and forwards have been plucking the ball off their eyebrows.
“He’s a wonderful kick, he’s a nicely balanced participant and I believe there’s loads there for West Coast to work with.”