Universal Love Welcome to Freo - Heath Chapman (Pick 14 2020 National Draft)

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Alfonz

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Was not sold on picking a defender, but you can't deny how good his footage looks. One thing I noticed is how quickly he moves the ball on after picking it off. There is no mucking around, even when he has hit the deck.
 

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Coached his dad when he first moved to WA in the early 2000’s.

He was mid 30’s by then & it was his last year of footy but he was a very good FF/CHF in his day. Hes a Victorian & kicked a lot of goals in the Vic amateurs. And I mean a lot of goals.

I’m sure Heath has played forward in his junior career, but as a third tall defender he is a much better option than Cox in that role in a year or 2. Cox is more suited as the number 2 defender, but with Logue, Hamling & hopefully Pearce all fit, Cox needs to embrace the swing man role for a couple of years.

Just love the way Chapman hits the ground running & has midfielder written all over him, possibly a winger the way he spreads & keeps on running after his disposal.

So excited by this kid & would have played more senior footy if WP colts were struggling. Blessing in disguise because if he played senior footy, he would have gone well before our pick.
 

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Wally Walpamur

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I accidentally posted this in the Noddy thread but both of the articles on the Freo website both mention that although Chapman has played is a key intercepting defender, they can also see him on a wing or as a mid.

Great overhead, good kick of both feet and pacy. He’s the winger we’re screaming out for.
 

XXRL

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So stoked. We've picked up a real gem. Good skills, can read the game, has running power, tall, great character. Ticks all the boxes. Welcome aboard!
 

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Definitely feels like this was best available rather than filling a need. With that said I'm not sure we can have too many good football players and characters at the club, and I'm sure we'll find a way to fit Chappy in when he's ready.
 

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Purple_Turtle

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For those worried about the size of him, here he is compared to the key position players drafted #4 and #6.
Looks like Chapman is the only one standing up straight. Which on the positive side means we have the WA first round pick that's least likely to have scoliosis.
 

Taylor

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+ played mid and forward until U16s where they moved him back.
Dogs supporter growing up, had a fanboy smile when he mentioned Joel Hamling sending him a message
 

theGav56

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+ played mid and forward until U16s where they moved him back.
Dogs supporter growing up, had a fanboy smile when he mentioned Joel Hamling* sending him a message
* and Mathew Boyd.
 

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