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Waterman, Tigers ready to take next step in 2020



Claremont forward Alec Waterman believes his side has what it takes to contend for the 2020 WAFL premiership.


The 23 year old told SportsDrive on Monday that the playing group is making giant strides to reach the final Sunday in September, having exited at the hands of South Fremantle in last year's preliminary final.


"We've got a really special squad, we're feeling confident," Waterman said.


"We've got to tweak a few things with our ball movement, we're positive once we get that right we can match it with anyone."


"We fell short against South Fremantle (last year) all be it we had a few injuries but at our best footy we can take it to up to any team. We're confident we have the right group to do it, we just have to commit."


The former West Coast Eagles father-son selection played 12 games in 2019, kicking 19 goals playing mainly accross half forward.


Waterman's promising AFL career was cut short by a debilitating illness, but has since recovered and looms as a key part of the Tigers premiership push.


Son of Eagles premiership player Chris, Waterman is open to a move in to the midfield in 2020, despite a managed workload over the off-season.


"It's definitely something we can play around with during the year. We've got a really strong midfield so if it doesnt mean I get much time in there that's fine, I love playing in the forward line. " he said.


"Coming back now in February I need to get some more run in my legs before I consider that role. We've got a number of guys who can pinch hit in the middle and give guys like Bolts (Jye Bolton) and Dec Mountford a chop out in the forward line, who are also good players one on one."


Claremont open their 2020 campaign on Saturday April 4th against East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval.


IMAGE: The West Australian.






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