While WA puts more players into the player pool than it takes from it, the go home factor will always be a +.The number of Western Australians demanding trades home is big and increasing, and I think it'll only continue to increase as the population boom of the past 15 years results in more WA footballers being produced. Freo and West Coast have a big recruitment advantage in that sense since there are only two clubs to divvy up the returning talent. Look at Freo's trade period this past year, and soon Tim Kelly will be adding to the numbers for either them or West Coast. So another reason I want a third team from Perth is to provide more competition for returnees. This new team should do reasonably well with the talent they can attract back, and we all know that success breeds crowds and support.
Ita a good example of why the clubs in NSW & Q should have academies & a preferential deal to select the home grown talent.
IMHO the talent from WA, SA & Vic kids should go into the draft, only preference being for father/son.