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Is Ian Hill the ideal fit for Fremantle with pick 14?

Exciting Perth Demons product Ian Hill shapes as the perfect selection for Fremantle with pick 14, according to AFL.com.au draft expert Callum Twomey.
Hill is the second cousin of Dockers brothers Stephen and Bradley and was touted as a potential top-10 pick before a series of injuries slowed his progress.
The livewire forward consequently missed the draft combine and was suspended for a sling tackle during the national Under-18s championships.
While his currency might’ve dipped, Hill is still expected to be snapped up in the first round.
If given the opportunity, Twomey believes Fremantle should pounce.
“Hill probably makes sense in some respects,” Twomey told the AFL Road to the Draft podcast.
“Last year they took the pure-bred midfielders in Cerra and Brayshaw so Hill would add something different.
“What they’ve just brought into the club through the trade period were talls and they made that a priority.
“They added some speed with Travis Colyer of the Bombers but I’m not sure you can be 100 per cent on his body standing up for a whole year - he hasn’t shown that for a couple of years now.”
Hill’s lightning turn of pace and goal-sense feature heavily in an impressive highlights package.
But the diminutive 18-year-old stands at just 175cm and weighs less than 70kg, and could need an extended stint in the WAFL before showing his wares on the big stage.
“He’d take a bit of time. I don’t think we’ll be seeing much of Ian Hill next year but there will be times when we do, and we’ll see the spark of that run down the field,” Twomey said.
“He’s probably the only player in the pool that could actually kick out and then run to the other end of the ground. No one could catch him, he’s that quick.”
Twomey nominated midfielders Eli Smith and Xavier O’Halloran as options for the Dockers at pick 31, while WA key position prospect Dillon O’Reilly could feature later in the piece.
Highly-touted Claremont midfielder Jordan Clark is expected to go before Fremantle and West Coast’s first selections.


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