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Matera striving for consistency at new home

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FREMANTLE recruit Brandon Matera wants to find some consistency with his new club as he begins life as a Docker.

The 25-year-old reported to pre-season training with the Dockers on Monday – a week earlier than he was required to.

He joined the club during the NAB AFL Trade Period from Gold Coast in exchange for a future third-round selection.

The forward booted 22 goals in his 10 games for the Suns this year – including a career-high six against Hawthorn in round three – before a foot injury prematurely ended his season.

All up, Matera kicked 124 goals in 101 games with the Suns and knows he didn't fulfill his potential.

"My career was probably a bit up and down, I had a few injuries, (especially) this year, but I was probably in my best form before that," Matera said on Wednesday.

"(I'll look to) carry that into this pre-season and into the next three years at the Fremantle Dockers."

The Matera name is famous in WA football with Brandon's father Wally and uncles Peter and Phil forging a career at South Fremantle in the WAFL prior their AFL days, with Wally winning three best and fairests during his 142 games for the Bulldogs.

In the AFL, all three represented West Coast and Wally also represented Fitzroy, playing 32 games for the Lions between 1989 and 1990.

Brandon Matera said he hoped to draw his family back to their roots.

"We all keep in contact, Phil is probably the main one besides my dad, who calls me quite a bit," Matera said. 

"He was trying to pull me to West Coast, but I said by the end of this year we'll have him in a Docker jumper."

Despite the family connection with West Coast, Matera said he wasn't going to prioritise joining one club over the other.

"Not really, I grew up being an Essendon supporter," Matera said.

"I went to a lot of West Coast games to watch my uncles. So, when my manager called me to say Freo were interested, it was pretty awesome just to come home. 

"Obviously, I've got a lot of family and friends here so I took that opportunity and I'm really looking forward to it now.

"My family has always said I've played better in front of them so, hopefully, that’s right and I can get a few more good games in front of them."