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Fremantle Dockers recruit Will Brodie embracing fresh start and chance to play alongside hero Nat Fyfe

Fremantle recruit Will Brodie is adamant he has a lot to give at AFL level after experiencing the “frustration” of being locked out of Gold Coast’s best 22.

The former top 10 draft pick could only manage 25 games in his time at the Suns, perpetually stuck down the pecking order before landing at the Dockers in the 2021 AFL trade period.

While earning the respect of Fremantle staff and teammates is paramount, the 23-year-old could receive more responsibility next season than first thought.

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A Fremantle fan growing up, Brodie has long idolised the likes of captain Nat Fyfe.

But the Murray Bushrangers product could be required to fill the boots of Fyfe if the two-time Brownlow medallist can’t overcome a string of shoulder surgery complications in time for round one.

“I’d love to try and work with him and learn as much as I can off him,” Brodie said.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for him as a player and I loved watching him growing up, even over the past few years going about his craft. I’m looking forward to hopefully getting to know him and competing with him.

“I feel like my best footy is played through the midfield so hopefully I can provide something there. I also feel like I can provide other things in the forward line.

Fremantle recruit Will Brodie at the club’s Cockburn headquarters today.
Camera IconFremantle recruit Will Brodie at the club’s Cockburn headquarters today. Credit: Tom Fee

“I want to bring my strengths and just continue to get better at them and gel with the group. It’s an exciting young group so I want to mix and be a part of that.”

Brodie has already spoken with senior coach Justin Longmuir about what he can bring to the side but first, he’ll have to earn the chance to play senior football after a trying five years at Gold Coast.

“The midfield mix there was pretty settled and I feel like I just couldn’t break into that group there,” Brodie said.

“It’s frustrating. As a kid you want to come in and you want to play AFL footy, you don’t want to be playing VFL.

“I was obviously frustrated but in saying that I felt like I was still getting better as a player and working on my craft. Year on year I felt like I was still improving and that’s most important.

“I’m excited about a fresh start here and showing the AFL community and Freo footy club what I can do.”

Brodie made the move west on Monday and has taken the chance to meet some new teammates this week.

A self-proclaimed “football lover,” Brodie has already received a warm welcome from fans and believes he will thrive in a football-obsessed state.

“I feel like it’s a bit different to Gold Coast where nobody knows who you are,” Brodie joked.

“It’s also exciting to move to a full footy down and city and get amongst it and be a part of it.”

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