Fremantle are preparing to blood their second debutant of the year in Saturday’s game against heated rivals Geelong, naming Max Duffy in the team this afternoon.
Duffy and Hayden Crozier were the only two changes to the side which narrowly beat Carlton last week, replacing Tendai Mzungu (hamstring) and Garrick Ibbotson (back).
The Cats made one change for the Simonds Stadium clash, dropping Dawson Simpson for returning ruckman Hamish McIntosh.
Duffy was picked up by the Dockers in the 2012 national draft after a breakout season with East Fremantle which had him on the cusp of selection in the State side.
He is set to follow last year’s first draft pick Michael Apeness in making his debut for the club this year.
Duffy told the club’s website he was overwhelmed with the news after struggling with injuries in his first 18 months on the list.
“I had four hamstring injuries in my first year and a few other little things that didn’t quite go right,” he said.
“And then this year I popped my shoulder out in round one of the WAFL and have come back and played four games of WAFL now.
“I’ve been on the list almost two years now and missed out in the draft early, so it’s been a long build but I have finally got there so I am stoked.”
Duffy kicked three goals from 25 disposals in the WAFL at the weekend. Crozier was one of Peel’s best in their win over Perth and will play his sixth game for the Dockers this season after nine last year.