Roberton fails to report for Docker duty
Dylan Roberton

Fremantle have formally cut Nick Lower and Jesse Crichton from their list in preparation for next Thursday's national draft. Both will train on with the club to try to win an AFL reprieve.

And Dylan Roberton's career at Fremantle is over after he failed to return for pre-season training yesterday.

Antoni Grover, Jay van Berlo and Greg Broughton have left and been replaced by Danyle Pearce, Lee Spurr and Clancee Pearce.

Fremantle have draft picks 17, 37 and 40 and need to clear space for the next group of youngsters.

Roberton, 21, asked to be traded back to Victoria for personal reasons but the club couldn't organise a deal.

The Dockers have since offered him a contract, but the 21-year-old wasn't at training yesterday and was named among the three delistings lodged with the AFL today.

"Homesickness is a big factor for younger players," midfielder Michael Barlow said.

"It's something that's going to continue to happen forever. We'll see how it pans out for him."

Jack Anthony and Peter Faulks were other players under pressure.

Anthony, who isn't required back at training until next week, is contracted but is believed to have been asked to consider his future.

Crichton trained yesterday.

While some players face uncertain futures, forward Michael Walters has shown how determined he is to make up for last season after returning to training a week early.

The Dockers banished Walters to the WAFL after he struggled with his weight and it took until round 16 for him to return to the team.

Walters responded superbly with 22 goals from 10 games and Fremantle rewarded him with a two-year contract extension.

Barlow said Walters had done everything possible to begin 2013 fully fit.

"He's looking good. He's in good shape," Barlow said. "A lot was documented about his fall and rise again last year. I think he's really realised the situation he's in.

"He's really excited and in great shape.

"It's a pretty good time for Michael Walters and his journey. It's only the start of it."

Port Adelaide recruit Pearce arrived in Perth after signing as a free agent and will start training within days.

The West Australian

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