Fisher's remarkable football journey
Perth Demons recruit Andrew Fisher is excited about what the 2020 season has in store, in the latest chapter of his incredible footballing journey.
The 29 year old has joined the Demons on a permit from the West Coast Eagles reserves side, having only debuted at WAFL level last year after a decade in the amateur football competition with Kingsley Football Club.
Fisher had won four straight competition best and fairests in the WAAFL/PFL competition from 2014-18 when he was invited to be a part of the Eagles inaugural WAFL squad at the end of 2018, playing all bar one game last year in averaging 15 disposals and 5 marks across half back.
With the reserves side out of action in 2020 due to AFL rules and regulations regarding AFL players being unable to play in state based leagues, Fisher took the opportunity to join fellow Eagles Fraser McInnes and Brady Grey at the Demons for a scheduled 8 game season.
“We were in limbo there for a while and didn’t quite know exactly how it would pan out,” Fisher told Sports Drive on Tuesday.
“Fraser and Brady got in touch, having played footy with them last year and being good mates with them both. I suppose the appealing thing was Perth was going to be able to get all three of us on board so that sort of made sense to stick together with the unique situation that it is going to a club halfway through the year, having a couple of boys there to go with.”
Fisher acknowledged the uniqueness of the season, as well as his late blossoming career.
“I didn’t really expect all this to happen, you just sort of go along with it I suppose,” Fisher said.
“I saw a unique opportunity at West Coast, Jordan Loxley approached me. To train at those facilities at Mineral Resources Park and being around that environment was appealing. I thought I should give it a crack while I still could I suppose.”
Fisher enjoyed a fine season across half back, making a name for himself in a star studded Eagles team that rallied late in the year to make finals in their inaugural season.
If not selected for West Coast, Fisher would return to play for his amateur club for the weekend, meaning he had the best of both worlds for his football in 2019.
Fisher played in a Kingsley premiership in 2018, and still reflects fondly on his time with the club.
“Kingsley has been a big part of my life, I loved it down there and that’s why I didn’t really think about going anywhere else,” he said.
“Your friends become family and it’s a tight knit group down there. I was playing there for about ten years and was really driven to win a flag, and in 2018 I did.”
Fisher resides in Mindarie, North of Perth and is a carpenter by trade, spending most of his days on rooftops around Perth before heading to training.
He hopes to play a similar intercept marking role as a defender at the Demons, as support for dual best and fairest Michael Sinclair.
He said the side had set lofty goals for the season as the club looks to break a 23 year finals drought.
“We all play footy to play finals and win premierships. That’s the ultimate goal,” he said.
“At the moment I just want to go down to Perth play my role and hopefully help them get to finals this year.”
No fixtures have been announced for the season, which is scheduled to commence on August 1st.
IMAGE: The West Australian.