Young Fremantle defender Brandon Walker showed glimpses of composure and skill beyond just his six games of AFL experience against Sydney at Metricon Stadium on Sunday.
Walker finished with nine disposals, four intercepts, three marks and two tackles to his name
He also recorded the sixth highest disposal efficiency on the ground, going at 88.9 per cent.
Walker said he is building in confidence as he continues to string games together at the highest level.
“I’m building my confidence and just learning my role a bit more,” Walker said.
“Everything’s becoming a bit more natural…(I’m feeling) really comfortable.
“The boys are talking to me…just saying ‘you’ve got time’ and to just back yourself in…it just gives you a lot of confidence.”
Walker credited the tireless efforts of his young teammates Adam Cerra, Andrew Brayshaw and Caleb Serong through the midfield against the Swans.
Cerra delivered an impressive 30 disposal and two-goal performance, while also finishing with eight score involvements, six inside 50s and a game-high 586 metres gained.
Brayshaw (34 disposals, six marks, five tackles) paired with Serong (26 disposals, five marks and a game-high seven clearances) to help assist Freo’s midfield charge.
“(Cerra) was great, especially in the second half, and everyone else was a bit down,” Walker said.
“He was thriving for something, and he was bringing it to the table.
“(Brayshaw and Serong) are always performing, it’s always great. It's good to see them just keep pushing forward and stepping over the line.”
While a disappointing result, the clash celebrated the 350th milestone game of Fremantle veteran David Mundy.
Walker said he felt fortunate to be able to play alongside Mundy in the important
“I’ve been in a few important games this year, but just being a part of his 350th is insane,” Walker said.
“Watching him as a kid and now playing with him, especially on his big days, it’s insane.”