Freo young gun Caleb Serong expects to see teammate Michael Frederick’s rise continue, saying that no-one in the AFL will be able to keep up with the forward/winger once he hits his peak.
The pair were selected at opposite ends of the 2019 NAB AFL Draft, with Serong going at no.8 and Frederick at no.61.
The speedy Frederick has been a revelation for Fremantle when on the park, playing 17 games in his two seasons of AFL.
In an interview on 6PR, Serong was asked who he expects to take the biggest step forward in 2022.
“I’m not going to go past Michael Frederick,” Serong told 6PR.
“What he’s shown when he’s been out on the park earlier last year was pretty special, but I think once he realises how quick he actually is and that no one can keep up with him, he’s going to be running away from defenders for fun.
“I’m going to go with him, he’s done really well with his rehab and reconditioning.”
Serong said midfielder Luke Valente was one of the players who had the potential to fill the void left after Adam Cerra’s departure to Carlton.
“It’s great to have Luke back, all the boys absolutely love him. He’s great to have around the group, he’s a lot of fun always cracking gags and having a bit of a dance in the gym,” Serong said.
“He adds a really good dimension around the group and he’s in a good head space. He’s training really well and he’s a really good midfielder that can hopefully come in and step into the shoes left by ‘Cez’.
“We’ve got obviously Will Brodie coming in as well and we’ve got some really good young guys like Nathan O’Driscoll that are all really pushing for selection for round one and they’ve all come back in good nick which is great.”
Serong said Sam Sturt and Joel Hamling have been working together on the track as they recover from their knee and ankle injuries respectively.
“Joel was looking good and the last few weeks he’s been at the Club most days doing his running, working with ‘Sturty’ and a few of the other guys in reconditioning,” Serong said.
“I’m pretty sure he’s not far off from being in the full program but I don’t know his exact timeline but he’s in really good spirits even though he’s had a tough couple of years both physically and obviously it takes a bit of a toll on your motivation levels and things like that.
“The way he’s showed up the last few weeks especially, he’s really got a real hunger to get better and get back out on the park.
“(Sturt) has added something really special to the forward line. He’s got speed especially on the lead, no one can really keep up with him and he’s got that bit of X-Factor that I think we can really use up forward.
“I’m really looking forward to him getting out on the track and showing what he’s got so hopefully he can push for round one.”