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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Why this former Giant has no regrets about Freo move

Dashing Fremantle defender Nathan Wilson has no regrets about his decision to return home as he prepares for his first year outside the finals in three seasons.
Wilson was part of a Greater Western Sydney team that played in consecutive preliminary finals in 2016 and 2017 before he requested a trade to the Dockers.
While the seventh-placed Giants are on track to be part of September action again, Fremantle are 13th, two wins and significant percentage from 10th with six games left.
“I feel it was the right decision, for sure,” Wilson said.
“Going into finals with the Giants for the last couple of years was a great experience and I’m thankful for that, but hopefully we get there next year, the year after and the year after that.
“Who knows? Anything can happen. The tide can turn pretty quick as you’ve seen with Richmond and the Western Bulldogs.
“I wouldn’t want it any other way at the moment and I’m loving life at Freo.”
Wilson has seen plenty of progress from a youthful and inexperienced Dockers outfit, especially in last weekend’s upset nine-point win over Port Adelaide at Optus Stadium.

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“To beat a top-four side is a massive achievement,” Wilson said.
“We try and build a brand that is going to stand up on the big stages. I feel we’re doing that. We are going to have our ups and downs because we are a young side and we haven’t really played much together, but as you’ve seen last week and before the bye, when we bring our best footy we compete.”
Wilson has played all but one match in his first season at Fremantle, averaging 18 disposals.
His daring ball use from defence is a feature of his game.
The 25-year-old has been happy with his form and is relishing life off-field with six-month-old son Jayce.
Wilson said the shock retirement of close friend and former GWS teammate Curtly Hampton at Adelaide this week was a reminder there was more to life than football.
“I spoke to him at the start of the year and he said he’d lost his passion a little bit and I sort of said ‘play the year out, see how you go’,” Wilson said.
“It’s not all about footy, footy, footy all the time. A lot of people don’t really see that and they just sort of see us as footy players. We are all humans.”
Wilson will be wary of another former Giant, Devon Smith, when the Dockers play Essendon at Etihad Stadium today.
“I spoke to him this week,” Wilson said.
“We had a bit of a laugh together. He’s going really well. I reckon he’d be leading their best and fairest at the moment.
“I always knew his potential. He had a couple of injuries at the Giants.”
Fremantle beat the Bombers in Perth in round two, but front up today without Nat Fyfe (hamstring), Aaron Sandilands (calf), Connor Blakely (knee), Matt Taberner (foot), Andrew Brayshaw (groin) and Stephen Hill (quad tightness). All played in the round two victory.