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AFL Draft 2021: Fremantle top-10 picks Jye Amiss and Neil Erasmus excited to build bond at Dockers

Jye Amiss and Neil Erasmus have spent the past few days together pondering their AFL futures apart.

But after easing their draft nerves at end of school celebrations in Dunsborough, the Perth pair’s party will continue after driving back to Perth on Wednesday and joining Fremantle two picks apart.

Amiss, a powerful and accurate key forward, was the first West Australian selected with pick eight, closely followed by midfielder/forward Erasmus at pick 10.

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And after forging a friendship during their time in WA’s state program, the Erasmus to Amiss on-field partnership could be set to blossom.

“We’ve built a good relationship over the past month and I’m glad that he’s here too,” Amiss said.

“He’s a tall midfielder, very explosive with good skills and quick hands. He’ll definitely be a player.”

Erasmus added: “It’s a dream come true.”

Jye Amiss and Neil Erasmus were both selected by the Fremantle Dockers.
Camera IconJye Amiss and Neil Erasmus were both selected by the Fremantle Dockers. Credit: Jackson Flindell/The West Australian

The pair are also expected to be key pieces in Fremantle’s inaugural premiership team after the Dockers announced their intentions to win an AFL premiership within the next four seasons.

“It’s a young club with an exciting future and hopefully we can see some success in the next few years,” Amiss said.

Erasmus added: “There was something today about a couple of premierships in the next few years so it’s definitely a realistic goal with the talent they’re bringing in. It’s exciting.”

Jye Amiss and Neil Erasmus talk with Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir.
Camera IconJye Amiss and Neil Erasmus talk with Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir. Credit: Will Russell/AFL Photos/AFL Photos via Getty Images

While modelling his game on Eagle Elliot Yeo, Erasmus believes his versatility and ability to play across two lines could rocket him into round one contention.

“I’m pretty confident that round one is not too much of a stretch,” the Subiaco product said.

“I’m aiming for that benchmark and I’ll see if I can fit in the team. I’m taking it week by week, day by day, getting my body and skills in the best shape.

“I think my fitness levels are just going to get better. They’re already pretty high I’d say. It’s just the strength side of things. If I can fill out a bit more and add a few more kilos, I think I’ll be ready to go.”

While Amiss is backing himself to help cure Fremantle’s accuracy woes, booting 51.15 to lead the colts competition.

“During the pre-season I went on my off days and practiced different routines and took different steps and found one that worked,” Amiss said.

Jye Amiss and Neil Erasmus were both selected by the Fremantle Dockers.
Camera IconJye Amiss and Neil Erasmus were both selected by the Fremantle Dockers. Credit: Jackson Flindell/The West Australian

“It’s been modified a little bit but I kept that one routine and I tried to use that consistently week in week out.”

The East Perth product’s six-hour round trips to Perth have also paid off.

“This year’s been a massive grind, especially the trips where I’m at school and have to leave last period of school and get up to Perth in three hours and three hours back and home at 10.30pm,” Amiss said.

East Perth colts coach Daniel Curtis agreed a move to Perth will prove Amiss’ making.

“He’s got a lot of talent and he’ll be able to eat up the work in a full-time AFL environment and go from strength to strength,” he said.

“Judging from his body of work, he’s certainly got the traits to do it.

“He’s going to reap the benefits of having full-time strength-and-conditioning programs and the ability to access a wide range of resources.”

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