World News – AU – James Frawley to join the Saints, Prime Minister Tiger on the move


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James Frawley has decided to extend his career, according to sources close to the player, and has accepted an offer to join the Saints as a Delisted Free Agent.

And Premier Tiger Jacob Townsend is likely to join his fourth club as Gold Coast seeks to deepen its list by signing the former GWS, Richmond and Essendon player.

Frawley’s decision means the former Demon and Hawks premier player will play for the club his famous uncle Danny ran for 177 games over a 240-game career. The club is still mourning his death in September last year.

The Saints managed to get 32-year-old Frawley out of retirement and convinced him he could fill a void they had in defense.

He played 14 games in 2020 to expand his career to 239 games – one of which was less than 240 games by his uncle – and was dying to participate. But the Hawks recruited Adelaide’s Kyle Hartigan as a free agent and wanted to add opportunities to young defenders on their list.

Frawley played in his first season with Hawthorn in a Premier League after joining the club as a free agent from Melbourne. He had played 139 games with the demons. He played exactly 100 games with the Hawks and became a reliable fixture alongside retired skipper Ben Stratton and free-flowing James Sicily.

St. Kilda missed a suspended defender in the final, and Dougal Howard battled to contain Richmond’s Tom Lynch in the Metricon Stadium semifinals. Howard had a good year but wasn’t suited for a tight defensive job, and Jake Carlisle was added one season.

Frawley joins Luke Hodge, Sam Mitchell, Jordan Lewis and Grant Birchall as 2015 Premier League players who have extended their careers with other clubs. Birchall had an offer from the Hawks while they were excited to sell Mitchell and Lewis to clubs willing to offer them longer term deals.

From this team, Brad Hill has since worked for Fremantle and St. Kilda played, Isaac Smith joined Geelong as a free agent late that season, and Taylor Duryea and Matt Suckling played for the Western Bulldogs. Cyril Rioli withdrew early to return to the Northern Territory.

Townsend began his career in the greater west Sydney area before moving to Richmond where he became the fairy tale story in the 2017 Tigers premiere. He played for Essendon in 2020 and could add toughness to the rising suns for the next season within 50 years.

The Suns know that Townsend will achieve high standards of training and is a popular player who positively influences the club’s culture.

He has only played 60 games since his debut for the Giants in 2012, but the 12 games he played for the Bombers in 2020 were the highest number of games he has played in any season.

Meanwhile, the AFL’s last minute decision to allow the clubs to add two players from their primary list to the rookie list has led Sydney to tell Robbie Fox that they intend to bring him back rookie after they announced on Tuesday that he was removed from the list.

The decision to delist Fox came as a surprise when the 27-year-old played 14 games with the Swans in 2020.

Peter Ryan is a sports reporter for The Age who covers AFL, horse racing, and other sports.

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World News – AU – James Frawley joins the Saints, Prime Minister Tiger on the move
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