There’s a long road ahead for draftee midfielders Neil Erasmus and Matthew Johnson to make their AFL debuts, but senior coach Justin Longmuir has liked what he’s seen after their first month at the Club.

He said the pair have made life hard for Fremantle’s strength and conditioning staff, who have been conservative with the draftees as they build to training regularly at an AFL standard.

Erasmus, taken at pick no.10, and Johnson, taken at pick no.21, were WA’s top rated midfielders going into the draft with Fremantle able to secure the pair alongside gun key forward Jye Amiss at no.8.

Longmuir said he’s been impressed with their hunger on the training track as well as their size for first year players, with Johnson standing at 192cm and Erasmus at 190cm.

“Erasmus and Johnson, probably what stands out is their competitiveness,” Longmuir said.

“They're big lads. They just want to get stuck in and do the work and compete in everything that we do around the Club.

“They actually get really annoyed when the fitness guys try and manage them.

Guys that are high character and highly competitive, they tend to make the most of their abilities, so I’m really excited about what all of our draftees can do.

- Justin Longmuir.

Matthew Johnosn in action at training.

Longmuir said Amiss would join full training following the Christmas break after being limited in his training to start pre-season due to a minor knee injury.

“Our new draftees have brought a lot, especially the two young mids. They probably did the most work as they came in injury free,” Longmuir said.

“Jye Amiss had that patella tendon injury late in one of those final state games, so he’s been a bit of a slow build.

"He’ll hit full training after Christmas.”

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