Fremantle has landed Melbourne’s ruckman and 2021 Rising Star Winner Luke Jackson in exchange for pick 13 and future first and second round selections.

In addition to Jackson, the Dockers snared picks 44 and 67 in this year’s draft.

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The acquisition of the 21-year-old was highly sought after by the West Australian club, with West Coast circling in case a deal could not be struck.

Jackson’s move to Fremantle is seen as having a domino effect on multiple trades, including various ruckman seeking new homes.

The pick three in the 2019 draft has been quickly recognised as a generational talent, being extremely agile and versatile standing at 199cm.

The East-Fremantle product will join Sean Darcy, Andrew Brayshaw and Caleb Serong in an already-stacked midfield group that boasts high talent and youth.

Jackson was a key figure in Melbourne’s drought-breaking premiership in 2021, including turning the tide in the third quarter of the grand final against the Western Bulldogs.

A Fremantle supporter growing up, Jackson is excited to play for the club.

“I was a Dockers fan growing up and it hasn’t really sunk in to be honest, it feels like the draft again,” Jackson said.

“We became members when I was about 13 and I tried to get to every game we could. I think my footy grew from there and I think the love for Freo came from that.

“I’m looking forward to playing for Freo and it’s pretty much been a dream of mine since I started playing footy. I just can’t wait.

“After tasting the success (at Melbourne) hopefully we can bring a flag to Freo, being a part of the first one would be pretty nice.”

Head of player personnel David Walls is excited by the Dockers’ acquisition of the star ruckman.

“Luke has been our number one priority all year and obviously throughout the trade period,” Walls said on the club site.

“He’s got so much versatility and so much scope to improve as a player. We’re really only scratching the surface with what he can do.

“He’s only just turned 21, when you look at what he’s doing with his relative age rating for a player in his position, he’s off the charts.

“In his draft year, we had him rated at number one in the draft.

“Even though we also picked up Hayden Young and Caleb Serong, with Luke being local, we’ve followed him for a long time going back to his juniors.

“To be able to bring someone as rare as him with so much talent and character, we’re just thrilled.”

Walls also acknowledged Jackson’s ability to play across multiple spots of the ground.

“Luke’s shown that he can ruck. I think the better games he’s played with Melbourne are when he’s had more time in the ruck, but obviously with Max Gawn there, he’s not getting as much ruck time,” Walls said.

“His strengths are his athleticism and his ground ball. He averaged nine and a half ground balls a game at under 18 level and there’s potential there for him to play as a big-bodied mid.

“He is a real hybrid type with his ground ball, his follow-up, his tackle and reading of the play.

“He’s also very good by foot and particularly by hand, he makes really good decisions.”

What does this mean for other trades?

Jackson’s arrival at Fremantle means all heads will turn to Brodie Grundy’s move to Melbourne.

Collingwood and the Demons are still working out what selection is worthy for the two-time All-Australian.

Jackson’s move could also see Lloyd Meek traded to a rival club, with Hawthorn believed to be the frontrunners.

Rory Lobb is another Docker looking elsewhere and could be let go willingly despite having another year on his contract.

The Pies are also shoulders deep in Brayden Fiorini and Tom Mitchell, who could be brought in on a budget once Grundy inevitably departs.

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