New student athlete Bailey Banfield has plenty to be happy about after putting forward a strong display for Fremantle at Lathlain Park. The rookie midfielder is enjoying an excellent preseason, following on from two goals against Adelaide in the JLT Cup.
Banfield’s display against West Coast in the scratch match has done enough to impress senior management at Fremantle, who are said to be considering him for a round one debut against Port Adelaide.
Dockers’ assistant coach Michael Prior discussed Banfield’s prospects.
“He has come from nowhere Bailey, a great story — a tagger down at Claremont, won a best and fairest, has come into our side and has played a pressure-forward role, kicking goals as well. We have been really impressed with him in the last couple of weeks and again today I thought he was OK. He is really pressing his case for round one.”
Fellow student athlete and Dockers player Connor Blakey had a slight injury scare in the second quarter, but returned to play out the second half of the game.
After claiming Claremont’s best and fairest in his first full season in the WAFL, Banfield was taken at pick five in last November’s rookie draft and has already begun to make his mark at Fremantle.
The Fremantle Dockers will begin their 2018 AFL Premiership season with a trip to Adelaide Oval to face Port Adelaide in Round 1.
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