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AFL 2017 JLT Community Series - Fremantle v Collingwood

Jon Griffin has juggled time between the ruck and the forward line this pre-season

Fremantle tall Jon Griffin says he can learn a lot from Fremantle’s young forwards, as he looks to make an impact in a dual ruck and forward role in 2017.

Since Aaron Sandilands’ return against Collingwood in Fremantle’s second JLT Community Series game, Griffin has split his time between the forward line and relieving Sandilands in the ruck.

At 201cm, Griffin poses as an imposing target in Fremantle’s forward 50, showing his capability with eight marks and three goals over the past two weeks against Carlton and Collingwood. 

Griffin also picked up 16 hit-outs when backing up Sandilands, to go with his 23 hit-outs as the lead ruckman in Fremantle’s first JLT Series game against the Eagles. 

“Usually that resting ruckman position requires you to be in the forward line,” Griffin said.

“So you’ve got to be able to put yourself on the scoreboard and contribute in the ruck as well.

“It’s a role that I really enjoy, and when I’m playing out there I get to learn off all of the other forwards like Cam McCarthy and Shane Kersten, and, obviously I get to watch Sandi do what he does, too.”

Griffin gave a glowing review of McCarthy, after watching the 21-year-old kick a bag of six goals against Carlton in his third pre-season appearance for Fremantle.

“He’s just an absolute talent isn’t he?” Griffin said.

“It’s his is speed, and he’s good overhead.

“It’s been great to see Freo recruit him, and get him into our forward line.

“I hope he can keep himself fit and we can get a full year out of him and he continues the form that he’s shown.”

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