Perth trio in State squad

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

THREE Perth Foot­ball Club play­ers have been se­lected in the WAFL State squad.

Jared Bell, Ai­dan Tropi­ano and Clint Jones are among the 41 men cho­sen for the State side to play Tas­ma­nia on June 11.

WAFL State coach Darren Har­ris said he was very im­pressed with the qual­ity of play­ers se­lected.

“There are so many WAFL play­ers in great form and this has al­lowed us to put to­gether a very strong list,” Har­ris said.

“We’ve gone with quite a large squad ini­tially and can still add to that if play­ers show out­stand­ing form over the next few weeks.”

Har­ris said a larger squad had been picked be­cause he was con­scious six WAFL teams would be play­ing games on the Mon­day lead­ing into the State game and be­cause there were so many wor­thy play­ers.

“It was fan­tas­tic last year to see the buy-in from our WAFL play­ers,” he said.

“They were very pas­sion­ate about rep­re­sent­ing their State and it wasn’t com­pul­sory to play. We wanted those play­ers who were to­tally com­mit­ted and it is the same this year.

“We will end up with those play­ers in our fi­nal side who re­ally want to play for their State and de­serve to, based on their form.

“That will give us the best op­por­tu­nity for suc­cess against Tassie, who will bring a very strong side.”

The WAFL squad will train four times in the leadup to the game, with a fi­nal train­ing ses­sion and jumper pre­sen­ta­tion to be held at Bassendean Oval on Thurs­day, June 9.

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