Freo drools over American ruck hope
Mason Cox. Pic: Getty Images

The tyranny of distance has cost Fremantle the chance to show exciting American prospect Mason Cox around the club but the Dockers remain a chance to sign the ruckman, according to AFL national and international talent manager Kevin Sheehan.

The Dockers joined North Melbourne, Port Adelaide, Richmond, Sydney and Collingwood in Los Angeles when American athletes were tested last month.

At 211.4cm, Cox is the tallest player to ever be tested ahead of Aaron Sandilands (211cm) and his background in soccer and basketball gives him ball-sport skills.

But the 23-year-old also has a job offer to be an engineer so must decide whether he wants to pursue an AFL career or stay in America.

With only eight days to decide, the AFL flew Cox to Australia but he will visit only the Victorian clubs and Port Adelaide.

Sheehan said Cox had plenty of time to pick a club if he decided to pursue a career in football after his visit.

"Freo are very, very interested and they'll interview him," Sheehan said.

"They've had access to the training sessions and they've seen enough over there in LA and they'd like to be a player in it. Should Mason say at the end of it 'yes, I'm keen to come, I'll take my time on which club', then they might well come in as a chance to get him out later in the year."

There are already three Americans on club rookie lists. Eric Wallace (North Melbourne), Jason Holmes (St Kilda) and Patrick Mitchell (Sydney) hope to advance to senior lists, emulating previous international rookies such as Canadian Mike Pyke.

Cox said he wanted to know how clubs would develop him into an AFL player.

The AFL will discuss the other 18 players from the LA combine next week and some of them will be brought to Australia later in the year.

But Sheehan said Cox had all the attributes required to play as a ruckman and he was agile.

"Some of the ground balls he picked up yesterday, it was like he's had the Sherrin in his hands for most of his life," he said.

The West Australian

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