02/03/2024

Josh Corbett is making the move out west. (Photo: AFL/Design: Will Cuckson)

Forward Josh Corbett will be making the move west after officially joining the Fremantle Dockers. The Gold Coast Suns receive a future fourth round pick in the trade.

Corbett arrived at the Suns back in 2018, and was taken as a mature age recruit after playing in Werribee’s VFL side.

Despite a consistent 2021 season, featuring in 16 of the Suns games, Corbett played just four games this season, and didn’t return to the senior side after the Round 6 Q-Clash against Brisbane.

With the additions of Mabior Chol and Levi Casboult to the forward line, he couldn’t maintain a spot in the Gold Coast side. In looking for a new club and better opportunity, he has found himself at the Dockers.

Where does Corbett fit into the Dockers side?

With the departure of Griffin Logue to North Melbourne, Corbett will slot nicely into his role up forward as a tall marking option.

While Corbett may not have played much senior football this year, he shone in the Suns VFL side, kicking 25 goals from 12 games which caught the eye of the Dockers to add to their forward depth.

Corbett is a strong aerial option, able to take strong contested marks inside forward 50. When he doesn’t mark it, he can make a contest to advantage of the Dockers’ small and medium forwards in Michael Walters, Sam Switkowski and Lachie Schultz.

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Head of player Personnel David Walls spoke on the acquisition of Corbett, and is excited to bring him into the club in the coming months.

“We’re very pleased to bring in a player like Josh, he was a significant contributor to the Suns in 2021, and while he didn’t play much at AFL level this year, he continued to perform well in the VFL,” Walls said.

“From our meetings with him, it’s clear he’s coming to Fremantle with the desire to work hard and earn his place in the team, and we can see him being a great cultural fit within our group of players who are eager to get the best out of themselves and each other.

“We can see him filling the role left by Griffin Logue, as a hit up forward who will create a contest and bring his fellow forwards into the game.

“It’s a busy time for Josh as he will be getting married to his partner Mikayla next month, and we welcome them both to the Fremantle family.”

What will the Dockers forward line look like with Corbett’s inclusion?

While there is still a few things to play out from a Fremantle perspective before the trade period closes on Wednesday, Corbett is expected to be a key cog in the Fremantle forward half in 2023.

If Rory Lobb does depart the Dockers, Corbett would be that established forward that can replace him. This would allow a partnership to form with potential recruit Luke Jackson and ruck Sean Darcy, with the other to rest up forward when not on ruck duties.

He’ll be able to support up and coming forward Jye Amiss, with the 19-year old and Corbett potentially able to become a strong duo in years to come. Then partnered with the small to medium forwards with Walters, Switkowski and Schulz, it could be a recipe for success in future seasons.

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