DOB: 17 October 2002 (18)
POSITION: General defender
DRAFTED FROM: East Fremantle
A member of Fremantle's Next Generation Academy, Brandon Walker was the no.1 ranked general defender for uncontested possessions and effective kicks at the U16 Championships in 2018, when his outstanding performances for Western Australia were rewarded with selection in the U16 All Australian side at half-back.
Walker continued that form with an impressive season for East Fremantle in the colts this year, averaging 19 disposals and finishing the season as the no.1 ranked general defender in the competition for uncontested possessions and running bounces.
A special athlete, Brandon has a big vertical leap and freakish speed and agility, which he uses to intercept, take the game on and break the lines off half-back.
Fremantle development coach Tendai Mzungu, who was the club’s NGA coach between 2017 and 2020, said Walker had improved significantly in his time in the club’s NGA.
“Over the past couple of years, Brandon has really improved his football year on year,” Mzungu said.
“He’s got some natural talent and he’s been able to improve his consistency, find more of the ball and also break lines.
“He has a real confidence to take the game on and create, that’s been his real strength over the last two years.”
Walker and his twin brother Chris were born in Ghana, with Chris also a part of Fremantle’s NGA.
Mzungu said was a great character who would fit in well at Freo.
“He’s a really likable guy who easily makes friends. He’s someone who people gravitate towards. He’s a good-natured kid with a good head on his shoulders and appetite to work hard," Mzungu said.
“He’s still learning and developing around what it really takes to get to the elite level and he’s someone who’s keen to learn and is of a high character. It’s exciting to have Brandon on board.”