Fremantle recruiting boss David Walls says the Club will target front half talent when the AFL National Draft begins in Melbourne tonight.
Fremantle head into night one holding picks 34, 46, 60 and 63.
“We’ll manipulate the (Draft) order as much as we can to target some front half talent,” confirmed Walls, Fremantle Head of Player Personnel.
“Particularly with 'Shoota' (Lachie Schultz) going out. We weren’t able to replace him in the Trade Period so that’s on the wish list.”
Walls and his recruiting team have spent months visiting playing prospects around the country, interviewing and preparing for the two night event, as well as this week’s Rookie Draft.
“I think we’ve got enough prospects that can fit the brief and also line up with where our picks are at,” said Walls.
“The unknown is that picks can move and other clubs can end up having different ones on the night.”
One player of interest is Perth Football Club youngster Aiden O’Driscoll, younger brother of Fremantle midfielder Nathan and popular AFLW defender and 2023 All Australian contender, Emma.
Boarding at Wesley College after moving from Northam, 18-year-old Aiden was one of WA’s best in this year’s U18 National Championships.
He also burst out of the blocks in the WAFL colts grand final, kicking the Demons’ first two goals as Perth finished runners-up to Claremont at Optus Stadium.
“We like him, we’ve spoken to him,” said Walls.
“He also fits the bill as front half talent.”
Walls says if it’s a close call between picks the Club will prioritize a WA player, but it’s not the main focus.
Fremantle NGA product and developing 18-year-old Peel Thunder ruck Mitch Edwards is another on the radar.
“We’ve had a long relationship with Mitch. We’re hopeful and we think he’s a real talent,” said Walls.
Following the National Draft, Fremantle will have two spots available in the Rookie Draft to be held on Wednesday.