New recruit Jordan Clark is set to bring a ‘rare mix’ of speed and endurance when he runs out for Fremantle after the Club secured the 20-year-old in a trade with Geelong.
Fremantle received Clark and a future fourth round selection from the Cats in exchange for pick no.22 and the future third round pick secured from Carlton in the Adam Cerra trade.
A no.15 pick in the 2018 National Draft, Clark helps Fremantle tick off their aim of adding pace to their list, with Executive General Manager of Football Peter Bell excited about what the midfielder can bring.
“We’re open to the possibility (of Clark playing) half back or wing, even in the VFL he played some good games on the ball as well,” Bell said.
“Further along, as his game develops, I wouldn’t’ rule that (an inside midfield role) out either.
“We’re just really excited to bring him in for those obvious attributes that he does have. He’s got a rare mix of speed and endurance and we think he’ll really add to our group.
“He brings great character…he’s got an attacking mentality so he should really assist with our ball movement and particularly our speed of ball movement.
“Whether that is in defence or on the wing, that will be a decision for ‘Jordie’ and the coaches to work through. They’re the obvious attributes that he brings.”
Clark played 32 games in his three seasons at the Cats but only started seven games in 2021 with four others as a medical sub.
Bell said Clark had no expectations of having a guaranteed place in the Fremantle line-up.
“He’s certainly got the talent to (come into our best 22) but ‘Jordie’ won’t want any walk-up starts either,” Bell said.
“He’ll want to earn his position and we think clearly he’s got enough talent to be in our best 22 but he’ll look forward to getting in and working really hard and developing trust with their teammates and the coaching staff.
"He turns 21 on the weekend and we think he’ll be a player for us for a long, long time.”
Bell poured cold water on reports on Continental Tyres Trade Radio that Clark had had a "heated" conversation with Geelong’s list manager Stephen Wells as the trade went down to the wire.
“The player’s role, once they’ve indicated to their Club that they’d like a trade, their involvement after that is minimal,” Bell said.
“I know that Jordan had some conversations with people at Geelong, which is to be expected. I did see Stephen Wells briefly interviewed and he said that it was untrue, that there was a fiery phone call and certainly that Jordan hung up the phone…Stephen Wells has said that’s totally untrue.”