Fremantle are set to make three selections at Tuesday’s NAB AFL Women’s Draft with an eye on building their list for the future, according to senior coach Trent Cooper.
Freo go into the draft with picks 14, 30 and 45, which equate to picks two, four and six in the WA draft, with West Coast having selections one, three and five out of the WA crop.
Cooper said it was hard to separate the top talent this year, both due to the uniform standard across the board and the limited opportunities to see the players in action due to a shortened WAFLW season and a cancelled national championships.
“It’s a really even draft and we’ve made sure we’ve attended every WAFLW game this year,” Cooper said
“With the lack of an 18s national carnival, we’ve managed to get to every game for scouting and hopefully we can choose three players who will be important additions to our squad.”
Cooper said Fremantle would have an eye on both the best young talent as well as those who could play specific roles.
“Last year we had players like Roxy Roux and Mim Strom, who we knew would make an immediate impact in their debut seasons,” Cooper said.
“This year, it will be looking to players who may be longer term, or for role players that we think can give our squad some depth.
“It will be a combination of long-term prospects and also the possibility of specific players coming in to give us coverage in some areas.”
The draft will take place on Tuesday, 6 October in a virtual format commencing at 5.00pm AWST on afl.com.au.
Fremantle will cover their selections on twitter (@freodockersAFLW) and on fremantlefc.com.au.