Fremantle chooses Jye Amiss and Neil Erasmus, Matthew Pavlich discusses selections

Fremantle legend Matthew Pavlich claims Adam Cerra’s recent departure may have played a role in the Dockers’ selection of two WA natives in the first round.

Armed with two caps after the Cerra trade, the Dockers drafted Jye Amiss with eighth pick and Neil Erasmus with tenth pick on opening night of the AFL Draft.

“Most clubs will say we’ll take the best talent available no matter where they come from, but that’s clearly a bonus and it makes a huge difference,” Pavlich told Wide World of Sports.

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“Maybe in their minds Adam Cerra comes home and leaves, maybe that played a small part. But clearly they would say they picked the best talent available and it obviously helps if they are there. Western Australia.

“The two oldest members of Fremantle are not from Western Australia, so it doesn’t always turn out that way for players to leave.

“Having two local guys makes things a little easier, even just to adjust to training and there’s no assimilation into the Western Australian way of life.”

While Fremantle may deny it, Pavlich has admitted that the “homecoming factor” is a real thing and applies to all AFL teams.

“Any player who leaves their state at some level would consider or want to return home to their home state,” he said.

“It really depends on the individual and their desire to move, to stay, to be successful in a club, to drive standards, to be a leader. It’s really a horse situation for lessons.

“In the example of Adam Cerra, I understood that he liked the club, he liked the playgroup, liked the coaches, but it was just that the family attraction was too important.

“The Queensland teams have struggled in the past to keep the players. The Giants have clearly left a lot of players, and you think of the Adelaide Crows and how many players have left in the last 10 years, I don’t think so. be it quarantined anywhere. The urge to come home wherever you are drafted is real, no matter the club and the location. “

A native of South Australia, Pavlich himself fought the lure of returning home, eventually playing each of his 353 AFL games for the Dockers.

He had a simple piece of advice for any young interstate writer.

“You just have to start working hard,” he said.

“Focus on wringing out the sponge as dry as possible when playing, and absorbing as many players and coaches as possible, and have fun with the community.

“For me it was going to college and doing other things outside of gambling in the local community was actually very important to me, meeting people outside of the people I worked closely with on a daily basis.

“You are drafted from a city and a state, you are not drafted from a club alone, so there are great opportunities and great things that can happen if you make yourself a favor with the West Australian community, or wherever you find yourself Don’t just focus on the club. “

Pavlich knows both Amiss and Erasmus having worked with the couple during their time with the WA team, and he said Fremantle has a future leader in Erasmus.

“Neil in particular, in terms of leadership and speaking in front of the group was first class,” he said.

“For a youngster I think he is one of the youngest players in the draft, I think there is a big advantage not only on the pitch but how he can become another of those young leaders and join people like [Andrew] Brayshaw and [Caleb] Serong.

“There is a huge advantage there. Obviously a great athlete and a good size for that midfield position.

“It’s hard not to give them the opportunity if they are ready, but the question mark as to whether they are ready means that they have to get to work in the first few months and their bodies have to. to be right.”

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