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Jeff Farmer is to play on...
THE always-interesting footy career of Jeff Farmer is to continue. Farmer will play on with his original WAFL South Fremantle in the coming season. Farmer signed a contract with the Bulldogs on Tuesday and began training today in a session at Coogee Beach. After spending his entire working life in the AFL Farmer has been working with the Aboriginal Alcohol & Drug Service (AADS) in recent times while his impressive displays in the media late last year could see further opportunities arise on TV and radio.
The news is a boost for the Bulldogs and the WAFL competition as the small forward showed in his last game for Fremantle that he is still a player of AFL standard.
Farmer played colts for South Fremantle before heading to Melbourne in an infamous swap that resulted in new club Fremantle getting Phil Gilbert from the Demons in exchange for the untried local kid.
Farmer played 249 games and scored 483 goals for Melbourne and Fremantle.
However his performances in the handful of WAFL games he has played will have South Fremantle supporters looking forward to what is to come.
His first WAFL league game was in round eight of 2007 and came after the Dockers suspended him for an off-field indiscretion. He played four games and kicked 14 goals and left a big impression. Team mate Kris Miller summed it up: “I didn’t know Jeff but had my pre-conceived ideas about him like any AFL fan,” Miller said. “His whole attitude was great, he played WAFL games just like he does in the AFL and it was great to see what he does first hand. He got excited, he didn’t isolate himself and he’s incredibly team-orientated. Jeff would have had more goal-assists in those four games than anyone else had for the year.”
In round 12 against Swan Districts Farmer kicked four goals and had a hand in at least 10 others.
Last season he played one game for the Bulldogs and scored five goals.
A fit and firing Farmer will be put South Fremantle firmly in the frame for the flag.
• Our photo shows Jeff Farmer in action for South Fremantle in 2007. Also pictured are Ashley Sampi, who has also flagged his intention of playing for the Bulldogs in 2009 and Kris Miller (9). Photo by Les Everett.