Royals Looking Forward

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 11:54 AM

East Perth has kick started its 2020 campaign with a string of signings.

The club has signed 199cm, 100kg key forward Jono Freeman from Aspley in the NEAFL. Freeman played 14 games for the Lions, coming through the Lions Academy. Freeman was the first player to graduate from the Academy and play a senior game for Brisbane. Jono was also named in the 2017 NEAFL Team of the Year.

He joined NEAFL club Aspley in 2018 and won the club’s leading goalkicker award in 2018 and 2019 with 37 and 44 majors respectively. 
 
A forward by trade who can also pinch hit in the ruck, Freeman presents a strong leading target and has clean hands overhead. 
 
‘We are incredibly excited to have Jono sign with us’ Football Operations Manager Ward Harris said.

‘In two seasons the club has gone from not having much in the way of goal kicking options to having one of the more formidable attacks in the competition.’ 
 
Jono will wear the number 3 formerly worn by Mitch Fraser who will have a year away from the club travelling with his young family.

Joining Freeman in the Royals forward line is 2019 Leading Goal Kicker Mitch Dobson who has signed on with the club for the 2020 season.

‘Having Dobbo and Jono in the same forward line, as well as mid-season recruit Eddie Simpson and emerging Ruck/Forward Ajang Ajang will be a huge point of difference for us this season.’ Harris said

‘Dobbo is a very hard player to match up on. He is working hard in the gym and on his running ability.’

‘His marking demands he gets a tall back opponent however he can be very damaging with his turn of pace and reading of the play.’

Rising Star Kye Willcocks has also re-committed to the club for two years. Willcocks was a shining light in 2019. A product of the Royals development system, Willcocks stormed home at the back end of the year finishing 8th in the F&D Book medal off only 13 games.

The Royals will also welcome Jake Veide for season 2020. A 114-game veteran with South Adelaide in the SANFL, Veide joins the Royals after relocating to Perth.

A much-loved personality with the Panthers, the man affectionately dubbed 'The Robot' will look to add to his 114 senior State League games in 2020. Veide was well known for his shaved head and wearing his beloved number 62. These trademarks will continue at East Perth. 
 
A hard-running, physical presence around the ground, Jake flourished under the tutelage of Brad Gotch (current Collingwood Academy Coach), claiming the Panthers 2014 Most Improved Player award.

Memberships for 2020 open next week. Details of Membership and other signings will be available via the website and social media.