In new signing Reece Conca, Fremantle have secured a talented defensive midfielder who can also play in the backline.
On top of his on field-efforts during his eight seasons with Richmond, the no.6 selection from the 2010 National Draft is also known for being a team player and his impressive character.
With 104 AFL games played, the 26-year-old becomes one of the more experienced players on a young Fremantle list, and Conca feels this provides an exciting opportunity.
“I think (leading the younger players) is one of the areas that I really thrive in off the field,” Conca said.
“I’m really looking forward to coming to Fremantle and contributing to building a fantastic culture and be able to put my little bit into the club.”
Conca’s persona earned him the nickname ‘Cuddles’ at Richmond after teammates noticed how much he enjoyed congratulating everyone after a goal.
“I love my teammates and I just really love playing my role and doing everything I can to get the win,” Conca said.
“The ‘Conca Cuddles’ sort of popped up a few years back as I’m known to celebrate a goal, maybe a little bit too much!
“I just love celebrating the little things and getting around my teammates. I’m not sure (the nickname) will stick (at Freo) but we’ll see.”
Conca played predominantly as a defensive midfielder in his 18 games at Richmond in 2018, which included the Tigers’ two finals appearances.
The new Fremantle recruit said he will be happy to play any role under his new senior coach, Ross Lyon.
“I’m not too phased as I think the way I play is quite similar, whether I play midfield or back,” Conca said.
“I love to do the little things and anything that can help my teammates. I do love playing in the midfield and Freo’s got some fantastic players that I can build around.
“I just think that Fremantle’s a fantastic club. They’re really exciting, they’ve got a great playing list and obviously, coming home, it was a fantastic opportunity.
“I think I was just ready to make that change and continue my footy career and, hopefully, for a lot of years to come.”
Conca said he’s looking forward to catching up with Lyon on the phone in the coming days.
“I’ve had some fantastic messages already and there’s a lot of well-wishes,” Conca said.
“I appreciate everything, it’s a big day and I’m looking forward to getting a hold of Ross and having a chat.”