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  • Writer's pictureJosh Kempton

Marsh keen to make premiership mark at Sharks

East Fremantle utility Harry Marsh says he is loving life at the Sharks ahead of facing his former side Subiaco for the first time.

The 29-year-old has been one of the WAFL’s outstanding recruits this season, returning to his junior club over the summer after a four-year stint with the Lions where he featured in the 2019 and 2021 premiership-winning teams.

Marsh told Sports Breakfast he had always kept an eye on the progress of the Sharks but his main motivation to come back was the opportunity to play with his brother Jonathon.

“Last year, they made it to the first round of finals and unfortunately got knocked out, but with a young squad, you expect a little bit of that,” Marsh said.

“I think this year, the development and the talent we’ve got has been pretty impressive.

“I knew we’d do pretty well at the start of the year and that’s all you can really hope for. We’ll keep pushing and hopefully at the end of the year there’s a premiership.”

East Fremantle’s season looked to be on a knife’s edge after a loss to East Perth in round nine left them outside the top five but they have peeled off an eight-game unbeaten run since to move to the top of the ladder, with Marsh saying there was never any panic about their predicament.

“I think up until that point, we were still working a few things out,” he said.

“I don’t think our defence was particularly good at the start of the season and it was really evident in that game against East Perth that we needed to lift in our team defence.

“That’s been a real focus for us. We’re pretty confident in the way we move the ball, it just starts with how we defend.”

A win at the weekend over the Lions will seal the club’s first minor premiership since 1998, which is also the last year they saluted on the grand final stage.

Marsh said he was confident his side could do some damage at the pointy end of the season.

“I think we’ll be ready,” he said. “I think the good thing is we can lose a couple of players here and there. The blokes coming in have been outstanding.

“I’ve got no doubt once everyone’s fit and ready to go, we’ll be in a pretty good spot.”

The clash between the East Fremantle and Subiaco gets underway at 2:40pm on Saturday and is being broadcast live on 91.3 SportFM.

IMAGE: Phil Elliott/Pixell Photography.

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