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Numbers up for Freo recruits, Pav's No.29 set for return

Freo's four recruits with their new numbers - AFL,Fremantle Dockers,Jesse Hogan,Rory Lobb,Travis Colyer,Reece Conca
Freo's four recruits with their new numbers

FREMANTLE's newest spearhead Jesse Hogan will don the No.11 jumper for his new team in 2019.

The Dockers allocated numbers to their key recruits with former Tiger Reece Conca to wear the No.6, ex-Bomber Travis Colyer to pull on the No.33, while tall Giant Rory Lobb has chosen to keep the No.37 he wore at GWS.

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Meanwhile, for the first time in two seasons an impending Dockers draftee will wear the No.29 jumper at the request of Fremantle champion Matthew Pavlich.

 

Hogan wore the No.1 guernsey in 71 matches for Melbourne but moves home to Perth for a fresh start at Fremantle, taking the number delisted Docker, now Giant Tom Sheridan wore in 81 games.

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Conca adopted the No.30 guernsey in 104 games for Richmond, and now moves to No.6 worn by Danyle Pearce (104 games), Dean Solomon (51 games) and Tony Modra (47 games).

Colyer moves to No.33 after wearing No.32 in 87 matches for Essendon.

 

Dockers CEO Steve Rosich said it was important to recognise the contributions of Pavlich and confirmed a draftee taken in next week's NAB AFL Draft will be allocated the No.29.

"During the past two seasons, we have held off allocating the No.29 to acknowledge Matthew's outstanding contribution to the Fremantle Football Club," Rosich said.

"At Matthew's encouragement, we have decided that it is time to time to see the No.29 once again running around in Fremantle colours and we will look to assign the number to one of our new draftees.

"We will never forget Matthew's contribution in the No.29 but to see the number on the back of a new player will be another important sign that the club is embarking on an exciting new era."