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Victorian Docker holds off contract talks

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Adam Cerra has been a brilliant addition to the Dockers
I’m loving my time in Perth, loving my time at Freo and really enjoying football so that’s something I’ll more look to the end of the year to deal with but at the moment I’m just looking to focus on footy.
Adam Cerra

ADAM Cerra insists he is happy at Fremantle, but the young gun won't look at signing a contract extension before the end of the season.

Cerra, the No.5 pick in last year's NAB AFL Draft, has been outstanding for the Dockers in a variety of roles and played every game since making his debut in round two.  

Despite having all of next season to run on his initial two-year contract, many Freo fans are getting anxious that the Victorian teen is yet to put pen to paper on a fresh deal.

He is the only player from last year's top 13 draft selections yet to re-sign, and that isn't about to change anytime soon.

"At the moment, I’m just focusing week to week," Cerra said.

"That stuff, I’ll sit down at the end of the year once the games are done and talk about that.

"I’m loving my time in Perth, loving my time at Freo and really enjoying football so that’s something I’ll more look to the end of the year to deal with but at the moment I’m just looking to focus on footy.

"I made that commitment at the start of the year." 

Cerra's poise under pressure and clean ball use has drawn comparisons to Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury. 

However, commentary doyen Dennis Cometti went a step further recently, observing that Cerra reminded him of dual Brownlow medallist Chris Judd after stepping into the AFL and looking like he belongs.

While the hype surrounding Cerra has gone into overdrive, especially after his move to half-back saw him collect 30 disposals and a perfect 10 AFL Coaches' Association votes against Adelaide, the 18-year-old is keeping his feet firmly on the ground. 

"It’s hard to ignore (the hype), it’s always there in the back of your mind but you can’t read too much into that stuff," Cerra said. 

"You more focus on what your coaches and what your leaders are telling you at the club.

"I like to stay humble, not get too worked up about that stuff and just control what I can control. 

"I reckon the Chris Judd reference is probably more because my shoulders are both strapped. 

"He’s a great player and I’ve probably got a fair while to get to his level but it’s a nice thing to hear about yourself.

"I don’t go into games with that stuff at the front of my mind." 

Dockers supporters are growing frustrated neither Cerra or No.2 pick Andrew Brayshaw has received a Rising Star nomination.

However, Cerra, who was probably only pipped by teammate Brennan Cox in round 12, said he would take wins over individual awards every time. 

"It's been mentioned but we don't play for the Rising Star. We're not just playing for a nomination, we're playing to win," he said.

"The last two wins have been huge for us.

"We want to continue that for the rest of the season, that type of footy we're playing with big effort and lots of pressure.

"It gives us confidence, naturally."

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