Adam Cerra asks to commerce with Victoria

Midfielder Adam Cerra has informed Fremantle of his intentions to return to his home state of Victoria.

The 21-year-old was drafted in the NAB AFL National Draft 2017 with Pick No. 5 for Fremantle and has played 76 games for the club in his four seasons.

Cerra’s breakout season as a 20-year-old in 2020 earned him third place on the Doig Medal and selection on the AFL Players’ Association’s 22under22 team.

Peter Bell, executive general manager of the football operation, said the club was disappointed to lose a player of Cerra’s quality but saw his reasons for leaving. Cerra told Fremantle he wanted to be closer to his family and friends in Victoria.

“Since arriving in 2017, Adam Cerra has been everything we hoped for a number five on the draft, which only underscores our disappointment with his decision,” said Bell.

“Our disappointment comes with the understanding that Adam is making this request solely because of his desire to be closer to his family and friends, which has been particularly difficult for our international players over the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We have invested a lot in Adam on and off the pitch since 2017 and are proud of the person he is and the footballer that he is.

“It’s easy to forget that he is only 21 years old and has many years to go before he reaches the peak of his abilities.”

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