Top Victorian midfield prospect Ben Hobbs has revealed strong interest from Fremantle ahead of this week’s national draft.
The big-bodied midfielder from Horsham in country Victoria is expected to go in the top-10 of the draft on Wednesday night.
Hobbs said the Dockers, who currently have picks six and eight, Richmond (pick seven) and Hawthorn (pick five) have shown the most interest in recent times.
“I’ve met with the Tigers pretty recently and they showed a little bit of interest and that could potentially happen,” Hobbs told AFL.com.
“And maybe Freo as well could be a possibility.”
The Greater Western Victoria Rebels product is one of several midfielders linked to Fremantle alongside Subiaco pair Neil Erasmus and Matt Johnson.
Hobbs is rated arguably the best pure inside midfielder in the draft, averaging 25 disposals, five clearances and five tackles and nearly a goal per game last season to earn team-of-the-year honours.
It comes after the club lost Adam Cerra to Carlton in the trade period, while captain Nat Fyfe has been battling post-surgery shoulder issues.
East Perth sharpshooter Jye Amiss, coming off a 51-goal WAFL colts season, has been tipped to end up at Fremantle to shore up their key-forward stocks.
The Dockers already have a Horsham product on their list in Darcy Tucker, who recently re-signed for two years.
Rising star Caleb Serong and intercept-marking defender Hayden Young have also been drafted from country Victoria in recent years.
Hobbs, a contested-ball beast who has been likened to Port Adelaide’s Travis Boak and Collingwood’s Taylor Adams, is confident of having an early impact at AFL level.
“I definitely think I can make an impact early,” he said.
“I want to be a strong player straight away.”
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