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Freo and West Coast go local in draft

Both Fremantle and West Coast have gone local at the national draft - with five of the six selections for the West Australian clubs being taken from within the state.

The Dockers took East Fremantle's Josh Simpson with their first pick at No. 17, went for North Ballarat key position player Tanner Simpson at No. 36 and then opted for another East Fremantle player, goal-kicker Max Duffy at No. 37.

Simpson's status as a young father might have slightly lowered his draft stock for eastern states sides but it did nothing to put Fremantle off.

"We just couldn't go past his talent, his run, his ball use," the Dockers' recruiting manager Brad Lloyd said.

"We think he'll suit our ground over at Subiaco. He's the type of player that his talent comes out pretty quick - he's a very noticeable player.

"So he produced plenty of special moments over the last couple of years that caught our eye. Now it's up to him. He gets an opportunity to use the tools he's got and make an impact."


The Eagles, meanwhile, took Perth's Brant Colledge at No. 45, South Fremantle's Adam Carter at No. 59 and former St Kilda player Mark Hutchings from West Perth at No. 60.

West Coast list manager Craig Vozzo said the draft haul had to be viewed in relation to the trade acquisitions of Sharrod Wellingham, Jamie Cripps and Cale Morton.

""Because we were picking so far back, it was a case of best available, and to the extent that we could satisfy needs, great." Vozzo said.

"We took three West Australians, but it's not a preference to do that. We always look at best available. If we didn't think they were the best players for those selections, we wouldn't have picked them."

While there were 12 WA players taken in the draft, the youngster arguably considered to be the most naturally talented of the state's draft pool - Swan Districts' Dayle Garlett - found himself without an AFL home.

Garlett, who was booted out of the AIS/AFL academy earlier in the year, attracted unwanted attention with an Instagram page that included snapshots of him drinking and smoking.