Fremantle have signed Western Bulldogs Premiership defender Joel Hamling after requested to come back to his home state of WA.
Western Bulldogs gained picks 35,43 and 61 in exchange for picks 40 and 63 which went to Fremantle.
Hamling was originally picked up by Geelong at the 2011 AFL Draft with pick 32 but after three years, he was delisted without playing a game for the Cats. Western Bulldogs picked him up in 2015 and has played 23 games.
He was in and out of the Bulldogs side for the two seasons but was able to cement a spot in defence late last season and played a great finals series which resulted in a premiership.
It is an interesting move by Fremantle as they have recruited a player that only gained a start in the team late last season. Yes Hamling was able to play well this finals and shut down the likes of Josh Kennedy, Jack Gunston, Jeremy Cameron and Lance Franklin, but the concern is of rather this is one-off season for him.
He played in a team that focused on team defence and fast ball movement. Not sure if Fremantle have the same type of team defence as the Bulldogs which could expose him next season.
Time will tell if this is a good trade but Fremantle needed a key defender and Joel Hamling could prove to be a useful get for the Dockers.
If he continues his finals form into next season, then it will be a great trade by Fremantle.