For young Fremantle key position prospect Michael Apeness, being drafted by Fremantle was as much a homecoming as it was a new sporting adventure.
Apeness, a physically imposing 201cm forward who the Dockers drafted with their first pick, 17th overall in last Thursday's draft, was born and raised in WA before moving to Melbourne at the age of seven because of an employment opportunity for his mother.
"After my name was called out I was really excited, there was a big cheer and I am really grateful," he said of the Dockers decision to draft him.
"I was born in Subiaco and lived in Beechboro until I was about seven years old and I then moved to Melbourne when I was seven because my mother got a job in Melbourne with the Productivity Commission so it is really exciting."
All three of Fremantle's 2013 draftees, Apeness, Alex Pearce and Brady Grey, have flirted with other sports as well as AFL football.
Apeness quit football ad was a member of the Melbourne rebels rugby development squad before deciding to return to his favourite game during rehabilitation from a major knee injury.
Pearce played state junior cricket in Tasmania. Grey, also Tasmanian, played state junior cricket and soccer before moving back to football.
Apeness said his decision to come back to football was in part about opportunity and also because he missed the game.
"I had a stint with the Melbourne rebels and after enjoying the professional environment and working hard for something I had some good opportunities in footy and I decided to come back to footy. I was really missing the game as well," he said.
Pearce and Grey have played in several junior representative teams together in Tasmania and are good friends.
"I've played football and cricket with and against Brady for as long as I can remember," Pearce said. "We're good mates, we live about 25 minutes away from each other."
Grey said the pair had played soccer together since the age of five or six.