Alex acrually got upgraded to the main list, then essentially had to retire for medical reasons.
Not sure being upgraded was anything to do with performances tbh. In those days you had to be temporarily upgraded to play as a rookie or be listed as an emergency.
Pretty sure it was done when we rested 12-13 players for the last round. He spent most of the season in the WAFL reserves. Nothing wrong with that for a first year tall on the rookie list but he was no where near getting upgraded permanently.
Fantastic for the guy to be that close to playing for Freo. Lifelong Freo fan as well.