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» Alex Pearce back with main group at Fremantle after more than 500 days in recovery
Alex Pearce back with main group at Fremantle after more than 500 days in recovery
Gun Fremantle recruit Nathan Wilson hit the track for the first time as defender Alex Pearce finally joined the main group for drills at the club’s Cockburn base on Monday.
Wilson joined his new teammates after crossing from Greater Western Sydney during trade period.
The new draftees also had their first session, while Pearce hit a major milestone in his comeback from two broken legs by joining in on some of the early drills.
Pearce has been restricted mainly to running in recent months but is slowly building up to a long-awaited return.
It is the first time the 200cm 22-year-old has been with the main group since round nine 2016.
Second-year defender Luke Ryan said Tommy Sheridan made them all aware of it while they were on the track.
“Everyone is up and about,” Ryan said. “Obviously we have the first years, their first session today.
“Alex Pearce and Michael Apeness had their first session for a while and the group was really up and about and excited for them.
“Tommy mentioned that and all the boys really got around him (Pearce).”
Ryan said the second-year players had been thrown straight after being monitored closely in their first pre-season.
“We are straight into it, we are with the main group,” he said. “No monitoring or anything like that, we are just straight into it.”
Ryan was a rising star nominee, the Beacon Award winner and a Simpson medallist in his first year but said he had plenty to work on.
“It was up and down,” he said. “I took some positives and some room for improvements which I’ll work hard on. Really looking forward to 2018.
“You never know really, see what happens, just keep working hard on the off-season. It’s really good competition (for spots).”
Ryan said the camp for second and first-year players in Karrakup had been “massive” for team bonding.
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