Mitch Crowden has relished increased midfield minutes over the summer, and none more so than during Fremantle’s 97-point win against West Coast in a Friday night practice match at Mineral Resources Park.
 
Crowden has stepped up in the absence of midfield regulars Nat Fyfe and David Mundy, which has led to him enjoying more time through the middle. 
 
The forward/midfielder said the opportunity has made him feel more comfortable in his new role.

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“I got to play a full midfield game today. It was a bit different from last year being up forward, but I really enjoyed it,” Crowden said.
 
“I’m really getting to know the role now and loving it.”

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While Crowden has been shining in the midfield, it has also given some other players the chance to step up in Neil Erasmus and Nathan O’Driscoll.
 
“O’Driscoll and Erasmus have been in there as well and I feel like we’ve all taken it in our stride,” Crowden said.
 
“When the big boys come back it will just make the team even better”. 
 
Crowden has seen a benefit in a greater focus on ball movement throughout the pre-
season.
The 22-year-old also praised the skills on display from Fremantle’s fresher faces.
 
“I thought we lowered our eyes quite well and the forwards lead up really well,” Crowden said.
 
“We’ve got some real good talented kids coming through over the last few years,” 
 
“We’ve got ‘Youngy’ down back lasering kicks and he has really helped.”

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