They come from all parts of the country but they all have one thing in common: height.
Fremantle Oval was the land of the giants today as the Dockers unveiled their latest recruits in South Australian Jack Hannath, Craig Moller (Sydney), Matthew Taberner (Victoria) and Alex Howson (East Fremantle).
Hannath (201cm), Moller (203cm), Taberner (197cm) and Howson (195cm) were all recruited through the pre-season and rookie drafts to help boost Fremantle’s ageing key position stocks.
Hannath, who was a first-choice ruckman at powerful SANFL club Central District this season, said he had recovered from the shock of Fremantle picking him up ahead of Melbourne, who he had spent weeks training with.
The 21-year-old said he had settle in well since landing in Perth for the first time a few days ago.
“The initial shock of it all – it took me by surprise,” Hannath said.
“But it is really exciting now.”
Fellow ruckman Moller, who has been involved with Fremantle since he was 14, knew he was coming to the Port club as a NSW scholarship pick up. He said the extra time to become accustomed to the club had come in handy.
He said he had already put on 2kg since joining the club for pre-season training a few weeks ago and would look to bulk up further without losing one of his major assets – speed.
“I am about 85, 86kg now and I wouldn’t want to get too heavy.
“Probably just under about 100kg would be my aim.”
He said he had learned a lot off Jonathon Griffin and Lee Spurr during his time living with them.
Taberner said he worked hard in 2012 after he was overlooked in the 2011 national draft.
The elite runner said he played as a high lead-up forward.
“It was pretty disappointing (not to be picked up) but I thought I probably didn’t deserve it,” he said.
“I wasn’t playing consistent enough football so I went back to the home club and concentrated on having a good season there.”
The 19-year-old said he was enjoying Perth, despite being a long way from home.
“It was a relatively easy transition, it is much more laid back than Melbourne – you are not stuck in traffic and it is more what I am used to.”
For Howson, being picked up by the Dockers was a dream come true.
The long-time Fremantle supporter grew up across the road from club legend Shaun McManus and says he took every opportunity to learn from him.
“It is still really surreal and it hasn’t really sunk in but it is just a dream come true for me,” he said.
“Being a Freo supporter you look up to great players like Luke McPharlin and Matthew Pavlich and just walking in and meeting Luke McPharlin I guess that’s when it really sank in that I am down here and it was just absolutely amazing to meet him.”Anthony Morabito spent some time on the track this morning training away from the main group but there was no sign of midfield stars Nat Fyfe and Stephen Hill.
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