Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir has praised debutant Jye Amiss for his attitude and work ethic following his two goals against North Melbourne on Friday night.
The Busselton teenager booted a goal with his first kick after taking a contested mark against experienced defender Aidan Corr. He then kicked a second long-range goal during the third quarter and finished with nine disposals, nine marks and six score involvements.
Having come into the team in the absence of Matt Taberner and Rory Lobb, Longmuir said Amiss did everything the coaches needed.
“He was really good. He gave us everything we wanted,” Longmuir said.
“He engaged his opponent and as he gets bigger, stronger and fitter, he’ll provide more options. There’s probably a couple of marks he left out there which he’ll take in four weeks time.
“He’s so early into his career as an AFL footballer. He had no pre-season, he played against men for the first time a couple of weeks ago in round one of the WAFL. I’m just so proud of his attitude since he got to the club.
“He’s really keen to be his best self. He’s been a pro. To get his opportunity so early in his career and show he can perform is a credit to him.”
Amiss’ accuracy in front of goal was a staple of his junior career and that continued on the biggest stage.
He kicked 51.15 for East Perth’s colts team last season and followed that 9.3 from three league games for Peel Thunder before earning his AFL debut.
His two goals against North Melbourne lifted his goalkicking to 62.18 since the start of last season.
Accuracy has been a problem for the Dockers in recent seasons and Longmuir said Amiss’ skill could become an integral part of the team as he develops.
“If he can keep it up, it’s going to be a weapon,” Longmuir said.
“Obviously finishing your work and tying it off in front of goal is a really important thing as a key forward. He works really hard at it. He’s got a really strong routine and a really fluent action so it’s going to hold him in good stead.”