Tasmania’s strong presence at Punt Road has been further enhanced, with Clarence running machine Fraser Turner joining the club.
Richmond selected the Tasmanian in the third round of the the NAB AFL Draft, acquiring the talented wingman’s services with pick 58.
Averaging 24 disposals for the Allies in the National Championships, Turner also stood tall for the Mariners and Clarence to rocket his name into draft calculations in 2018, with AFL Tasmania’s southern Talent Manager Mathew Armstrong highlighting during the week just how far Turner has come in recent times.
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“He (Fraser) is probably the one who has come out of left field with his running capacity,” he said.
“Especially with the rotation system now, clubs need more athletes who can stay on the field for longer periods of time so they can rest the other blokes, and Fraser is one of those players who can do that.”
Richmond’s National Recruiting Manager Matthew Clarke confirmed that this athleticism was a decisive factor in Richmond’s interest.
“Fraser will provide us with terrific run,” he said.
“Every time we watched a carnival game with the Allies or Tasmania, if Fraser wasn’t getting the ball on the outside he was running. Not too many others could do that, so we are providing our team with another powerful runner.”
Turner’s running capacity will likely suit the wide expanses of the MCG, with Turner set to join fellow Tasmanians Toby Nankervis and Jack Riewoldt in the yellow and black, with Riewoldt, a Tasmanian Football Hall of Famer, also hailing from the Clarence ‘Roos.
Turner’s selection made sure that three Tasmanians were selected in the Draft, with the AFL Pre-Season and Rookie Drafts to follow this afternoon.