Departed Docker Cam McCarthy hasn’t given up on his AFL dream, with the enigmatic forward insisting he’s “still got more to give” at the top level.
McCarthy made an abrupt early exit at Fremantle in August, walking out on the club before the season ended after he was told he wouldn’t be offered a new contract next year.
It came after the former GWS spearhead played 49 games in four seasons at the Dockers, including just one in 2020.
As he prepares to line up for WAFL premiers South Fremantle next year, McCarthy said his AFL ambition remained.
“I feel like I’ve still got more to give,” the 25-year-old told 7NEWS.
“I’m not satisfied with my AFL career at the moment.
“My ultimate goal is to get back into the AFL.
“And if I can somehow play a little part in another success for South Fremantle going forward, then I’ll take that every day of the week.”
McCarthy described his Dockers exit as “devastating”, with the forward overlooked for a regular role toward the back end of his Freo career despite the club’s lack of firepower.
“I wanted to play for them all my life,” he said.
“When everything didn’t work… it was devastating.
“It was pretty gut-wrenching.”
McCarthy said he felt his reputation as a ‘party boy’ may have proved costly at Fremantle.
“I love a good time and stuff like that,” he said.
“I’m one for camaraderie and banter, and maybe at Freo that cost me a bit too much – people saying I wasn’t taking it too seriously at times.”
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