Chapman Valley product Brad Dick says his old club needs to try a few different things to help them attract players.
Dick, who is rookie-listed with the West Coast Eagles, said he occasionally spoke with East Fremantle runner and former Royal Kasey Green about the Valley’s situation.
The exciting forward said he could empathise with players who found it hard to travel to training at Nabawa, but hoped the club could ride out its troubles.
“Hopefully they do not fold because I know in about 10 years’ time I want to go and play some games for them,” he said.
“Maybe if they had a bus run out there to training or something that would be ideal. I think they just need to try a few things.”
Dick has played the past two months with East Fremantle in the WAFL competition after battling shoulder and knee injuries through the first half of the year.
He played his first competitive game of football on June 4 against South Fremantle in the WAFL reserves competition.
Dick played his first league game for the year on June 23 against West Perth and has been happy with his form so far.
“I had a quiet game on the weekend, but I am slowly getting there and I am getting a bit of match fitness,” he said.
“I had never played WAFL before and it is a bit different because the grounds are bigger, which helps me a bit.”
The Sharks, who are second on the league ladder, have a bye this weekend so Dick will visit Geraldton.
He is confident the West Coast Eagles can complete a 2012 derby double and beat the Fremantle Dockers this weekend.
“I reckon we played pretty well last week so we should get up,” he said.
Dick was selected by the Eagles in last year’s pre-season draft and wants to repay their faith when he gets an opportunity at the highest level.
“I want to see how I go in the WAFL and then hopefully I can get a crack with the Eagles,” he said.
“They have been playing some good footy, but if I keep playing well then that is all I can really do.”