Former prisoner set to debut for Dockers
RELEASED from jail in March 2013 after being sentenced to six years for burglary, Fremantle recruit Shane Yarran will make his AFL debut on the Gold Coast.
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon defended the selection of the 27-year-old, who late last month was charged with disorderly conduct in public.
He pleaded guilty in the Perth Magistrate’s Court two weeks ago and was fined $800.
The club did not fine or suspend Yarran, but ordered him to undertake a counselling program and some volunteer work.
“There’s deposits and withdrawals, isn’t there?” the coach said yesterday.
“Obviously it was a slight withdrawal. So there’s your deposits and there’s your withdrawals and you balance it up.
“We always support the person and challenge the behaviour.
“We believe he’s a good person who’s had some challenges. He’s building his life and is trying to redeem himself.”
Recruited by Fremantle with pick No.61 in the national draft last November, Yarran has been plagued by injury this season.