Fraser Fort joins brother in Red, White and Blue
By Ella Watson
Fraser Fort 20, has signed with Central District Football Club for the 2016 season.
The key defender has followed his brother Darcy to Centrals, Darcy was recruited by Centrals from Footscray in the VFL as their new Ruckman.
Fraser was recruited from Geelong’s VFL side where he played 12 games between 2014 and 2015 alongside many of Geelong’s AFL squad.
“It’s a pretty high standard with all of AFL players playing in it.”
“Most weeks you might only know 5 or 6 players in the team, you’re playing with new people every game, so it’s a bit tough in that way.”
Prior to Geelong, Fraser like his brother played for the Geelong Falcons in the TAC under 18’s cup in seasons 2012 and 2013.
He also played all 5 games in the Vic CountrY's under 18’s National Championship in 2013.
“I’ve played with some great players in my time there, it was great to watch and learn.”
Both boys started off playing juniors at South Barwon before playing in the TAC and being snapped up by the VFL, Fraser says he was not expecting to be picked up and found being recruited by Geelong in the VFL a bit of a shock.
“It was a bit of a shock; I was just thrown in the deep end straight away.”
“You’ve got to learn to play against older people, it was a tough period, but I learnt a lot from it.”
Fraser had no intention of leaving Geelong especially not to move to South Australia, but when the offer came through it was an opportunity to good to pass.
“My aim is to continue to play at the highest level of footy I can, over here there is more opportunities to play seniors state footy every week.”
“Unlike in the VFL there’s no AFL players standing in front of you, so it’s all up to you.”
Fraser also sees moving to Centrals as a good chance at finally winning a premiership having never had that success before.
The Fort brothers are finally settling in to Adelaide and have found a house with fellow team mate and new recruit Nick Holman, which Fraser admits is saving a lot of fights.
“It’s getting better, but I’m probably still too demanding.”
“Nick [Hollman] is living with us he’s making it a bit easier, if it was just me and Darcy one of us might not rock up to training one night.”
Fraser plans to continue studying Construction Management at the University of South Australia.
Settling into the club has taken some readjusting for Fraser who has been surprised by the amount of hard work the players and staff put into the club.
“It’s been tough, tough sessions, but its good everyone works hard here and wants to get the best out of themselves so it’s a good environment.”
Despite being taken aback at how hard the team trains, Fraser couldn’t be happier with his decision to join Centrals and says he has been made to feel very welcome by the club.
“Bunch of good blokes, can’t ask for much more, they’ve been very welcoming.”
Although Fraser admits he knows little about the Club or the SANFL he is confident in Centrals ability to do well this season and believes while he doesn’t know the club song yet, he is hoping he won’t have to wait long to sing it.
I’ll hopefully hear it [the song] first game of the season.”
“Then I’ll learn a line each week.”
Fraser describes himself as a competitive and contested player.
His height makes him beneficial in the backline and in other areas on the field, his expected role will be to play on key forwards, defending and getting involved in pushing the ball forward.
Fraser’s strengths are marking and tackling, key qualities needed in the backline.
Fraser enjoys playing in defence, but also relishes the opportunity to play forward.
“I like playing up forward, I’m good at taking the marks, but don’t always kick goals.
“I’m better than Darcy at kicking goals though.”
When Fraser steps out onto the field this season he will be wearing Guernsey no.6, more recently worn by youngster Wayne Milera ,and 2012 Magarey Medallist Brad Symes.
“It’s the first time I’ve been offered a single digit number.”
The Fort Brothers join the Schiller Brothers in CDFC Colours and continue on a long tradition of Brothers representing the Bulldogs. It sounds as though they are extremely competitive, love niggling and out-doing each other ,and are prone to a scrap with each other behind closed doors... sound familiar...?
|Fort, as a youngster in the National Under 18 Championships playing for Vic Country|
|Playing for Geelong's VFL side alongside AFL Listed players last season|