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From Bushby St to AFL: Docker Yarran the latest join a senior list

Shane Yarran was drafted by Fremantle on Tuesday - ${keywords}
Shane Yarran was drafted by Fremantle on Tuesday
We had a lot to do living in the same street as Son Son (Walters), Chris and Nico
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IF SHANE Yarran is able to make his senior debut for Fremantle next season he will become the fourth AFL player from a small street in Perth's outer eastern suburbs.

In the 1990s, Bushby Street in the low socioeconomic suburb of Midvale was the home for West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui, Fremantle livewire Michael Walters and former Carlton, now Richmond defender Chris Yarran, who is Shane's cousin.

Melbourne's Jeff Garlett also lived nearby.

On Tuesday, the 26-year-old joined the other three in making it onto an AFL list after the Dockers recruited the mid-sized forward with pick No.61 in the NAB AFL draft.

"We had a lot to do living in the same street as Son Son (Walters), Chris and Nico," Yarran said on Friday.

"We had plenty of days out on the roads and paddock, it was awesome."

Yarran said his cousin Chris had been in touch to congratulate him on being drafted and also said he was pinching himself at joining Walters at Fremantle.

But while all four have made it onto AFL lists, the roads Yarran took from Bushby Street do not look anything like those the other three have travelled.

When Naitanui, Chris Yarran and Walters were drafted in the 2008 NAB AFL draft, Shane Yarran was serving time in prison for aggravated burglary charges.

He was incarcerated for six years before returning to normal life and football in 2013.

Yarran did not want to reflect on his journey when asked on Friday.

"I appreciate the interest with my past," Yarran said.

"Obviously my past is always going to be there but I think my focus is what the future holds with me at the club."

He wants his football to do the talking. His football is what got him onto Fremantle's list.

He kicked 93 goals for Subiaco in the WAFL in the past two seasons and won the 2015 Bernie Naylor medal as the WAFL's leading goalkicker. He is also a two-time premiership player.

Fremantle's list manager Brad Lloyd said his goalkicking ability could be valuable in a side that is searching for more scoring power.

"We really liked his speed, agility and overhead marking," Lloyd said.

"Where he gets his goals as a forward, he gets them on the lead, over the back with his speed and he puts on defensive pressure.

"We could see that transferring to the next level. We just thought it was an opportunity for Shane to bring him in and it's up to him now to do the work and make the most of the opportunity that he's been given.

"But he's also deserved it. He has been an outstanding state league level player and he has a lot to offer at the next level if he puts the effort in."