Dock­ers sign two big names

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

THE Fremantle Dock­ers have se­cured their first big new names of the AFLW off-sea­son, snar­ing the sig­na­ture of Ade­laide mar­quee player Kel­lie Gib­son and Greater Western Syd­ney de­fender Alex Wil­liams.

Gib­son, who told the Crows she wanted to re­turn home to WA after a suc­cess­ful 2017 premier­ship sea­son, has signed with the Dock­ers as an un­re­stricted free agent, while East Fremantle prod­uct Wil­liams was also ea­ger to re­turn to WA for 2018.

Fremantle coach Michelle Cowan said she was happy to see the 20-year-old Gib­son and 24-yearold Wil­liams at the club.

“I think it’s great (Gib­son) is com­ing back to WA,” she said.

“She’s an elite mid­fielder, with the abil­ity to go for­ward and kick a cou­ple of goals as well. She was a mar­quee player in the in­au­gu­ral sea­son and rightly so.

“Alex is a re­ally ex­cit­ing sign­ing for us. She brings ver­sa­til­ity to our team and she’s taken on some skil­ful key for­wards in the 2017 AFLW sea­son and played that role re­ally well.”

Fremantle has also re-signed 18 play­ers from its in­au­gu­ral AFLW sea­son, including mar­quee play­ers Kara Don­nel­lan and Kiara Bow­ers.

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