In Sebit Kuek, Fremantle have selected a raw and talented key forward in the Mid Season Draft who could become anything in the AFL, with the 21-year-old taking pride in ‘playing different to other key forwards’ and just ‘wanting to have a crack’ at making it to the top level.

While Kuek’s journey to WA came via a South Sudanese refugee camp in Kenya to Perth via Melbourne, his journey in Australian Rules began in year six when 244-gamer Michael Johnson taught him how to kick a footy at a school clinic.

Kuek lives for the rush of kicking goals with Buddy Franklin as his idol, but makes an exception with Johnson to have a defender among his favourite players.

“It was a clinic, I was in year six and I can remember it like it was yesterday,” Kuek said.

“He came to my school and he was showing me and my classmates how to kick and stuff like that, it was pretty good, I’m always going to remember that.

“I was never too much into defenders, but he was a great bloke.”

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And this isn’t Kuek’s first time in purple, growing up playing for the Ellenbrook Dockers before joining the East Perth system.

“This is dream come true kind of stuff. I’ve always wanted to play football, so if I get to run out in the purple, that’s a dream come true,” Kuek said.

“I just want to have a crack at it hey, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, to test myself against the best. I’ve got the opportunity tomorrow to train with Fremantle. I’ve got to bring my best.”

While most of the Purple Army found out about the new draftee at around 5pm on Wednesday evening, Kuek wasn’t delivered the news until after 6pm when East Perth wrapped up their training session.

Leederville Oval erupted with his Royals teammates relishing the moment, even though Kuek had just become an opponent with Peel.

“I don’t really have words for that feeling, I was shook and happy at the same time!” Kuek said.

“I wasn’t told I was going to get drafted, I was just waiting. If it was going to happen it would happen.”

And if Kuek runs out for Peel this Saturday against Subiaco, he’ll have a high-profile teammate in Nat Fyfe running out alongside him.

“I’m always watching him on TV and now I’m going to play with him, that’s going to be crazy,” Kuek said.

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