Freo deal a ‘no-brainer’ for Blakely

South Western Times
Fremantle midfielder Connor Blakely has re-signed with the Dockers until the end of 2019.
Camera IconFremantle midfielder Connor Blakely has re-signed with the Dockers until the end of 2019. Credit: Steve Ferrier The West Australian.

Bunbury-raised footballer Connor Blakely will stay at the Fremantle Dockers until at least 2019 after signing a two-year deal with the club on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old has been in career-best form in 2017, averaging 23.8 disposals and 2.5 clearances a game in his third season at the AFL level.

Blakely was taken with pick 34 in the 2014 National Draft and has since gone on to become an integral part of Fremantle’s midfield.

Blakely said he was delighted to be able to continue to play football for Freo and in his home State.

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“I think it was a no-brainer decision,” he said.

“I’m from WA and all my friends and family are here. It’s a really good lifestyle and I love the club.

“I’ve formed some great friendship with the boys at the club so it was a decision that wasn’t hard at all, so I’m really happy.”

Blakely also said that he was excited about the direction the club was taking.

“I think being in a facility like this helps a lot with the standard and what it offers us,” Blakely said.

“It’s a really exciting time at the club and as I said before it was a no-brainer.

“I think we’re a young group and when we put it together we’ve shown that we’re good enough to take it up to anyone in the competition.”

Fremantle general manager of list management Brad Lloyd said Blakely’s versatility was important to the Dockers.

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