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Senior coach Trent Cooper said Fremantle had one eye on the future when selecting their seven players during Tuesday’s NAB AFL Womens National Draft.
Cooper said there were some long-term prospects too good to miss.
“No-one makes a mistake after draft day…you can’t really judge it until probably five years down the track, maybe 10 with the group that we’ve got,” Cooper said.
“We were really happy with the outcome. We have so many young players on our list who we think can play roles next year but also be 10-year players for us as well.”
Fremantle also added some maturity in the draft through 25-year-old midfielder Ann McMahon and 29-year-old defender Janelle Cuthbertson.
“Ann we think she could slot straight into the side in any position,” Cooper said.
“Janelle is a cross-code athlete who we think can make an impact at AFLW level as well.”
19-year-old defender Emma O’Driscoll also has her sights set on round one.
O’Driscoll was taken at pick no.51 and played under the watchful eye of Swan Districts coach and Fremantle captain Kara Antonio in the WAFLW this season.
“One of the mottos I like to go by is work hard to get drafted and work harder to play,” O’Driscoll said.
“I think just working hard through pre-season and, hopefully, getting a game at the end of it is the major goal for me.”