Fraser Pearce showed signs of his potential in his first year at the Northern Blues. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch)
Fraser Pearce broke through for four senior games in 2017.
Look back on his first year at the club, thanks to Regency Windows.
TALE OF THE TAPE
THE YEAR THAT WAS
Coming across from Port Melbourne 12 months ago, young midfielder Fraser Pearce showed spurts of his potential in his first year at his new club.
After an interrupted season at the Borough in his first year out of the TAC Cup, Pearce came across to Preston City Oval where he started out in the Development side.
Pearce added a dozen games to his tally in the competition, also playing four matches at senior level: his breakthrough came in Round 13 against Essendon.
His versatility saw him able to play in any position between the arcs, and he impressed throughout the season with his work-rate and ability to find the ball.
Pearce enjoyed a strong patch of form in the middle portion of the year, averaging 19 disposals across six weeks in the Development League which ultimately brought about his senior club debut.
Pearce’s best game at Development level came the week prior to his first VFL Blues appearance, and it came against his former side.
In the Round 12 clash with Port Melbourne, Pearce collected 26 disposals and worked tirelessly all day to be a vital cog in the win over the Borough.
His possession tally was a season-high, while proving his value as a link-man with 16 of those being uncontested.
The next week, he featured against Essendon and held his own, collecting 16 disposals while having a number of important defensive efforts. He also had 16 disposals against Footscray three weeks later.
BY THE NUMBERS
173 total Development disposals
109 total Development uncontested possessions (#7 at club)
47 total Development marks
38 total Development tackles (#10 at club)