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“Tough decision”: Dockers commit to re-rookie delisted pair


Fremantle has committed to re-rookie delisted pair Mitch Crowden and Connor Blakely.

By delisting Crowden and Blakely and moving them onto the rookie list, it opens up two spots on the Dockers’ primary list.

Fremantle GM of Football Peter Bell says the pair can still push for senior selection in 2022 despite being on the rookie list.

“In order to give us flexibility as we approach the draft, the tough decision to delist Mitch Crowden and Connor Blakely was made in consultation with both of the players and their management groups,” Bell said in a club statement.

“With the delisting comes our commitment to re-rookie them both in the Rookie Draft immediately after the National Draft.

“It is important to note that whether players are on the Primary List or the Rookie List, it makes no difference to their chances of selection.

“In recent times, we’ve seen both Lachie Schultz and Ethan Hughes playing a lot of footy from the Rookie List, as well as earn themselves multi-year contractual extensions.

“This move is primarily for administration reasons and both players have been fantastic in allowing the club this flexibility.”

Fremantle holds picks 6, 8, 19, 61 and 69 ahead of November’s National Draft.

Crowden played 16 games in 2021, taking his career tally to 40 since debuting in 2018.

Blakely has notched 78 games over seven seasons, including 11 this year.


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