Fremantle midfielder Connor Blakely is desperate to continue playing the sport he loves and has put out a plea to 17 other clubs as he is willing to relocate anywhere.
Blakely was delisted from the Dockers last week, yet he hopes that is not all for him and his career. The 26-year-old feels he has much left to give the game and hopes he can bring his talent elsewhere.
“I still am a young man – I'm only 26 so I'm hoping that my career isn't over yet from an AFL point of view, that's for sure,” he told SEN last week.
“Definitely happy to relocate and go anywhere around Australia.
“My managers are working hard, both Paul Connors and Robbie D'Orazio, they're talking to basically every club to see if I can fit on their list somewhere.
“The good thing about it is that I'm a delisted free agent now so basically I don't have to get traded, I can just be added on the back end of a list whenever they see fit."
According to 7 News' Ryan Daniels, the midfielder met with Gold Coast last week, and his incredible season at the WAFL may tempt the Suns into adding him to their list as they are pushing to make finals for the first time next year.
Blakely seems confident that a club will be able to make room for his talent as he looks to play on next year.
“At the same time, is Plan A if going onto another list doesn't work out, I've got Plan B and Plan C and things like that in place so I'm not putting all of my eggs in the one basket," he said.
“I'm hoping that I can still continue on.
“Everyone's got to back themselves in – if you don't back yourself in, no one else will. I definitely still have the opinion that I'm good enough to play AFL, hence why I'm pretty keen to see what else is out there.”
Since being drafted at Pick 34 in 2014, the 26-year-old was consistently in the Fremantle side during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Blakely has played less games at AFL level as more young draftees have made their way through the ranks at the Dockers. When he was being selected less, he knew that his time out West would come to an end soon.
“It was definitely on the horizon (being delisted)," he admitted.
“So I sort of thought from that point, without forecasting exactly that my time was done, that I thought it was going to be an uphill battle from there to play.”
Once the trade period officially commences, Blakely may have more clarity about where his future lies at AFL level, while the delisted free agency won't commence until November 3.