In what quickly became the most scrutinised movement of the trade period, Fremantle secured a wantaway Cat during a flurry of player swaps at the deadline.
In doing so, Jordan Clark becomes an intriguing and versatile piece to Fremantle’s quest for its first AFL premiership.
Fremantle executive general manager of football Peter Bell said he saw great scope of improvement in the 20 year old.
“Clearly he’s got enough talent to be in our best 22, but he’ll look forward to getting in and working really hard,” he said.
“He brings great character, but he also brings obvious athletic attributes with his speed, also his endurance.
“He’s got a really attacking mentality and can really assist with our ball movement.
“We think he’ll be a player for us for a long, long time.”
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Clark managed 32 matches across three seasons for Geelong, playing predominantly off the half-back flank or on the wing.
Bell said Clark had the ability to find himself in the midfield as his career progressed.
“In the VFL he played some good games on ball as well, so as his game develops I wouldn’t rule that out,” he said.
“He’s got a rare speed and endurance mix, and we think he’ll really add to our group.”
Discussions between the two clubs became difficult, with Fremantle refusing to part with pick 19.
Eventually, a deal was struck, and the Dockers traded picks 22 and a future third rounder.
Geelong sent Fremantle Clark and a 2022 fourth round selection in the trade.
The Dockers will now carry picks 6, 8 and 19 to the draft.
Bell said Fremantle was not committed to keeping all selections.
“In the end we came to a position I think where clearly we gave a little more, but also I think Geelong accepted a little less as well from where we were last night,” he said.
“We’re not scared to use that pick if there’s a player there that we really love, we’ll select that player.
“There will be opportunities through the day to look at what other clubs are proposing.
“Those three picks allows us access to exceptional young talent to add to our list.”
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