Toast Welcome to Freo Isaiah Butters – Fremantle’s 2019 Rookie Draft Pick [Category B]

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Mar 25, 2014
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New Freo signing Isaiah Butters will be no butterfingers at Fremantle, according to Next Generation Academy coach Tendai Mzungu.

Fremantle selected the high-flying forward and fellow NGA graduate Leno Thomas as Category B rookies following the 2019 NAB AFL National Draft.

With Liam Henry, who was selected at pick no.9 on Wednesday night, and 2018 Category B rookie signing Jason Carter, there are now four NGA graduates at Fremantle.

Mzungu said Butters settled in well in Perth since making the move from Halls Creek, located 2800km north-east of Perth.

He expects the 18-year-old to benefit greatly from working in the AFL system.

“He’s a great story, he boarded at Christ Church with Liam Henry. He probably hasn’t had as much structured football as the other kids coming through the draft,” Mzungu said.

“For him to be able to stick at it and graduate from his school and have a really good finish to the year at Claremont, that will hold him in really good stead for the future.”

Butters’ career-best game was his most recent one, kicking four goals in Claremont’s five-point colts 2019 Grand Final win against Peel Thunder at Optus Stadium.

Mzungu expects that game to be the first of many dazzling performances at the ground.

“It’s going to be exciting, he loves going for his marks, launching for the big hangs,” Mzungu said.

“He’s very clever around goals, he knows where they are and he’s going to be exciting.

“He needs to work on his consistency and getting those basics right but I certainly think he has some exciting traits that people will love to watch.”

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Brownlow Medallist
Sep 19, 2004
AFL Club
A lot of us have admired Michael Bennell and wanted us to draft him but this guy could be a better version all going well.

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Brownlow Medallist
Oct 24, 2015
AFL Club
It's good to finally get a Halls Creek player. How many are there playing AFL now? 7 or 8? It's our zone and Butters is our first.

edit - he's the 9th Halls Creek player. Freo have just put up an article up about it. Burning ears.


Club Legend
Oct 18, 2013
Perth WA
AFL Club
So great that we're giving our NGA boys a shot... Tendai is doing a bloody fantastic job so somebody give him a hug or a beer - all the NGA have spoken very highly of him I note.

Welcome aboard Isaiah - look forward to seeing what you've got.

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