Despite exciting fans in his debut season Josh Treacy hopes he will have plenty more to offer in his second year of AFL football.
The key forward was a speculative pick up in the 2020 NAB Rookie Draft as Fremantle took a punt on an 18-year-old who had his draft year interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Treacy since showed he has the potential to deliver beyond his draft position, kicking 13 goals in 15 games, highlighted by his three goals against the Western Bulldogs. He also led the way in one crucial area in 2021, laying five more tackles inside 50 than any other Fremantle player despite sitting out six games.
After going goalless in his first three games at AFL level, Treacy had at least one major in nine of his next 12 games of the season, and in 2022, he wants to deliver more consistently.
“There’s a lot of spaces to improve,” Treacy said.
“Mainly, I’d like to hit the scoreboard a bit more, have a bit more impact on the game and put myself out there to not show up once a month, showing up every week and assert myself on the AFL.
“This pre-season I want to just keep continuing to get stronger and fitter. I’ve got a few focus areas that I’m going to really target heavily.
“I want to enjoy my time off but train hard as well.”
He said he expects to see plenty of growth from Fremantle’s younger players in 2022 as they push for a return to finals, highlighting the efforts of fellow 2020 draftees Heath Chapman and Brandon Walker while praising 23-year-old ruck Sean Darcy.
“’Chappy’ started really well but unfortunately got hurt. Once ‘Walks’ got going and got his confidence I was really impressed with the way he was able to run off half back,” Treacy said.
“Overall, Sean’s year…to be honest I didn’t think the big boy had that in him but he’s been unbelievable this year.
“There’s exciting times coming and all the boys here are excited for what’s to come. I think we took a big step forward this year from previous years and it’s going to go bigger and better again next year. We look forward to that.”