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Additional draft picks secured

Harley Bennell of the suns celebrates a goal during the 2015 NAB Challenge Week 4 match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Brisbane Lions at Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast on March 20, 2015. (Photo: Jason O'Brien/AFL Media)
Fremantle secured Harley Bennell during the NAB AFL Trade Period.

Fremantle will head into next month’s NAB AFL Draft with two second round draft picks after securing a deal with the Gold Coast on the final day of the NAB Trade Period.

Fremantle exchanged pick 56 and a second round selection in 2016 for picks 35 and 61 with the Gold Coast on Thursday.

The club heads into the draft on Tuesday 24 November with picks 22, 35, 61 and 74.

It comes after the club secured the services of Harley Bennell along with pick 22 from the Gold Coast on Wednesday last week in exchange for picks 16 and 35.

Fremantle general manager of player management Brad Lloyd said it was a pleasing result for the club.

“The second round pick secured late in the trade period gives us an additional year of development in the player drafted,” he said.

“We are now looking forward to the draft next month and using our picks to bring new talent to our list, and add to the acquisition of Harley Bennell.”

Bennell, who kicked 92 goals in 81 AFL games for the Suns, was taken at pick two in the 2010 NAB AFL Draft.

Lloyd confirmed GWS emphatically ruled out any trade for Cam McCarthy, after the 20-year-old declared his desire to return home to WA and join Fremantle.

 “In our last communication with GWS they informed us that there was nothing we could do to get them to consider trading Cam over the trade period,” Lloyd said.

“Cam and his management advised us and GWS that he wanted to return home to WA and Fremantle was his club of choice but unfortunately no trade deal was ever considered by GWS.”

Fremantle CEO Steve Rosich said the club had exhausted all realistic possibilities in trying to secure a trade with GWS for McCarthy, who was taken at pick 14 in the 2013 NAB Draft.

“Our interest in Cam has been well reported and Cam was the driver of seeking a trade back home to WA,” he said.

“As he has two years to run on a contract, GWS would not entertain a trade with us.”

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