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AFLX a showcase opportunity: Rock

Anthony Rock speaks to Docker TV about AFLX. Anthony Rock chats to Docker TV about Freo's AFLX squad.

Fremantle’s development coach Anthony Rock said the upcoming AFLX competition on Thursday in Adelaide is a great opportunity for the new recruits to showcase their talents and skills.

The inaugural AFLX series is a faster paced, hybrid game, which Rock said is an exciting opportunity for the younger recruits.

“It’s exciting for a lot of our young guys, Stefan Giro, Mitch Crowden, Bailey Banfield, players of that elk,” Rock said.

“When you’re a first year player, to get an opportunity to play with some regular senior players AFL experience, that’s exciting for them.”

Rock said the senior players participating in the series should enjoy the challenge the modified game will bring.

“The usual suspects like Bradley Hill should really enjoy the challenge,” Rock said.  

“I’m sure that he will light up the AFLX.”

With each game having only two ten minutes halves, Rock said the modified game brings a challenge to coaching.

“I think have a quick chat to them at half-time, pre-game and post-game and that’s how it will be structured up,” Rock said.

“Limited instructions, we’ve practiced the game twice so it’s a really fast pace game and we’ll just let the players run their rotations and we’ll help where necessary.”

Rock said the competition will be a step in the lead up to the 2018 season.

“It will just be another step in the preparation heading towards JLT [series],” Rock said.

Fremantle will play against Geelong and Port Adelaide in Adelaide on Thursday 15 February from 7pm CDT.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs