WAFL: East Fremantle recruits ex-Docker Griffin


Jonathon Griffin of the Dockers marks the ball during the round 11 AFL match between Fremantle and Collingwood at Subiaco Oval. Picture: Will Russell/AFL Media/Getty Images
Jonathon Griffin of the Dockers marks the ball during the round 11 AFL match between Fremantle and Collingwood at Subiaco Oval. Picture: Will Russell/AFL Media/Getty Images

EAST Fremantle Football Club will welcome back a familiar name for the next two seasons.

After 12 years and 97 games in the AFL system, ruckman Jonathon Griffin has signed on to return to the club where his football career started.

Adelaide recruited Griffin from the Sharks in the 2005 Rookie Draft before he was traded to the Dockers at the end of the 2010 season.

Before Fremantle’s alignment to Peel Thunder, Griffin played 16 games for the Sharks during the 2011 and 2012 seasons when not playing AFL and played a starring role in the Sharks’ 2012 grand final campaign.

Griffin said it was great to return to the club he supported as a young fan.

“I couldn’t be happier,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to hopefully playing some finals football in the next couple of years and I think there are some exciting times ahead.”

East Fremantle coach Rob Wiley said he was delighted to have Griffin back.

“It’s great to have not only his talent but his leadership and passion to bring success back to this footy club,” he said.

The signing comes just weeks after the club announced former Brisbane Lion and Geelong Cat Jarrad Jansen would also be wearing the white and blue in season 2018.

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