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Sellar smitten with Freo lifestyle
James Sellar in Fremantle. Pic: Ian Munro

James Sellar was sold on joining South Fremantle shortly after being axed by Melbourne, but the first visitor at his new home convinced him he'd made the right decision.

"Paul (Hasleby) dropped off a couple of crayfish, which was very nice," he said.

"Turns out I'm only living about 300 to 400m away from him.

"He actually told me not to mention that because now everyone's calling him asking for crayfish."

The former first-round draft pick was the Bulldogs' marquee signing at the end of last year after seven seasons in the AFL with Adelaide and Melbourne.

Still only 24, the utility player is set to slip seamlessly into a young side determined to make the finals in Hasleby's third season at the helm.

Sellar's partner's academic career and opportunities to join the real estate industry meant the WAFL became his destination of choice after being told his time at the Demons was over.

Despite attractive offers from other clubs, South Fremantle had made him feel most at home.

"If you had asked me six months ago whether I was going to end up in Perth playing in the WAFL I would have said: 'No, no way'," he said.

"But as I looked further into it, it kept making more sense.

"Sometimes it just comes down to a bit of gut feel about where I was best suited."

Sellar began working in residential leasing at Empire Property Solutions this month.

He said while he was hopeful of another opportunity at AFL level, he had learnt not to put all of his eggs in the one basket.

"Definitely I would like another opportunity, but it's not my main focus," he said.

"At the moment I want to set myself up work-wise, play some really good footy for South Fremantle and if that opportunity comes up, then I'll jump at it."

Sellar is concentrating on learning on-field structures rather than club history, but he said living and working in the area meant he was being brought up to speed pretty quickly.

"I go out to do appraisals and as much as people want to talk about their own property, they want to talk about footy as well," he said.

"We obviously do this area a bit so there's a few South Fremantle supporters around, it's funny the people you meet."