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Dockers not just looking close to home
Dockers not just looking close to home

Fremantle won't turn their focus back to recruiting home-grown talent in tomorrow's national draft despite Victorians Adam McPhee and Dylan Roberton quitting to move home in the past month.

The Dockers haven't chosen a West Australian at the national or pre-season draft since 2009 when Anthony Morabito and Nat Fyfe joined the club.

Fremantle have selections 17, 37 and 40 in tomorrow's draft and are tipped to again choose an interstate player with their first pick.

South Australian key forward Tim O'Brien, who demonstrated his speed and agility at the draft combine, is expected to be one of the club's targets as it looks to bolster its key-position stocks.

Talented Swan Districts wingman Dayle Garlett is almost certain to still be available despite being considered a top-10 selection at the start of the year. Garlett's reputation has suffered because of disciplinary issues and the Dockers are likely to join other clubs in overlooking him with their first pick.

WA has a large group of tall forwards - headed by East Fremantle's Marco Paparone and South Fremantle's Mason Shaw - but they aren't likely to be chosen in the first round.

They may be available when Fremantle's second selection arrives.

The Dockers currently have 16 West Australians on their list at the moment, less than at any point in their history, and significantly less than the 27 locals who helped the club to the 2006 preliminary final.

West Coast have 25 WA players and have adopted a different approach, preferring WA talent over interstate recruits in recent years.

The Eagles secured WA trio Sharrod Wellingham, Cale Morton and Jamie Cripps during last month's trade period.

Free agency's introduction has made it easier for players to return home throughout their careers, but Fremantle's football operations manager Chris Bond said the club's recruiting team didn't look at maps when choosing players.

"We back our environment, we don't mind where the player is at," Bond said. "If that player is the best player to fit us, we'll continue to back our environment."

Bond confirmed the club was keen to add tall players to the squad.

Matthew Pavlich and Luke McPharlin are both in the latter stages of their careers, while McPhee's retirement and Jack Anthony's pending de-listing depleted the key-position talent available.

The Dockers have preferred to recruit mature-aged talls in recent years, but Bond said the club also had to look long-term.

"There's no doubt we've still got, like most clubs, some holes in our list," Bond said.

"We'd like some young, developing key (position) players."