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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.”