Deluca's A Docker
- Friday, 28 November 2014
Subiaco's Joshua Deluca has taken the next step to realising his AFL dream; becoming the 68th pick in the 2014 Draft.
Deluca was take by Fremantle who used the draft to replenish their midfield stocks.
The Dockers called Deluca's name in the fourth round after selecting Lachlan Weller (13), Connor Blakely (34) and Ed Langford (54).
Freo general player manager Brad Lloyd explained the draft choices through the club media stating work ethic and character as factors for Delucas selection.
"We were impressed with how Deluca went about his football at Subiaco. “Josh has got strong running capacity,” Lloyd said.
“He has strong endurance, good speed, work ethic and attack on the footy.
“He can come in and have some presence around the club with the way he goes about his footy, from an attitude and football point of view.”
Deluca joins a Fremantle side who place an emphasis on pressure which is where the Sorrento-Duncraig product thrived in 2014. The 18 year old had 27 tackles and ten goals from 12 WAFL games including key performances in the finals on the way to Subiaco's 2014 premiership.
Josh is currently doing a commerce degree at Curtin University. He had a solid year playing 12 league games for Subiaco, including the winning Grand Final, where he excelled. Josh had an ankle and hamstring injury, which forced him to miss half the year including the state 18's championships. He is an outstanding character who ticks all the boxes athletically.
I’m over the moon, I don’t know if I could be happier. I just couldn’t believe it…it was so hard to watch, I was getting so nervous towards the end there, I just couldn’t believe it happened. As soon as we saw Fremantle Dockers had a pick, my girlfriend squeezed my arm because she obviously wants me to stay at home as well. The feeling I had when my name was read was probably one of the best feelings I could have possibly imagined.”
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