COBDEN mates Trent Reed and Sam Giblett are hoping a decision to pack their bags and move across the country will culminate in WAFL berths.
Inside midfielder Reed and outside runner Giblett had their first training run with South Fremantle on Wednesday afternoon.
They will train with the Bulldogs until they trim their list.
Reed, 18, and Giblett, 19, will play for Perth-based club Thornlie if South Fremantle opts against signing them.
TAC Cup graduate Reed is hoping his experience at Greater Western Victoria Rebels – he was a consistent performer across 16 matches in 2017 – boosts his chances of playing in the WAFL.
“Firstly I hope I train well and get in and go from there and play most games in the midfield,” he said.
“I guess playing with the Rebels did help me with the ball movement.”
Reed said Giblett, who didn’t go through the TAC Cup pathway program, was eager to test himself.
“He is going with the flow. He knows if he doesn’t make the team, he can play for Thornlie,” he said.
“He is not thinking too high but he’s going to have a crack, so that’s good.
“He’s a bit of an outside player, has a bit of run. He can play off the half-forward line and sometimes back at Cobden he was a good key target because he’s got good hands.”
Reed and Giblett have known each other since year seven and progressed through the Hampden league junior program together.