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Royals recruit sets flag goal

New East Perth recruit and former Brisbane Lion Jonathan Freeman has set his sights on playing in a Royals premiership in 2020, as he prepares for his season in black and blue.

Freeman signed with the club last October, but his move to WA was put on the backburner after suffering an epileptic seizure in his Queensland on the day he was set to board a plane to Perth.

Now on medication and back to perfect health, Freeman has his sights set on dominating the WAFL in 2020.

“I’d love to win a premiership, it’s one of the reasons why I wanted to come over,” Freeman told Sports Drive on Wednesday.

“It would be awesome to bring a team up from South of the ladder to the top and be a part of that. It’s kind of a good little taste of the WAFL, a short eight game season. I guess anything can happen.”

The 26-year-old has played with NEAFL side Aspley for the past two seasons, kicking 81 goals across those two years after his time at the Brisbane Lions ended at the end of 2017 after 14 AFL matches.

Now in Perth but undertaking 14 days of quarantine under WA, Freeman will have to wait a little longer to meet and train with his new team mates.

The 199 cm big man said he hasn’t met too many of his new club mates yet, but there would be one familiar face amongst the group when he does commence training.

“I met a few (team mates) when I came over initially, but I only know a handful of players. I played with Nick Robertson at the Lions so there’s one I know really well,” Freeman said.

“I’m keen to get to know the group and find my place there. From what I hear it’s a really great group of young guys and I can’t wait to meet them all.”

While admitting to not knowing too many intricate details of the WA state-based competition, there was one aspect of WAFL football that certainly appealed to Freeman.

“There’s pretty big grounds over here, so that’s something. I’ve heard it’s pretty strong comp over here even though Subiaco have dominated the last few years,” he said.

“For East Perth, there coming out of that alignment (with West Coast) and it’s good to hear they are building in to something special. I’m very fortunate that I can jump on board and contribute to that.”

East Perth will have the bye in round one, with confirmation of their round two opponent expected in the next week.

IMAGE: East Perth website.


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