Apparently it was only three players, they must have knocked back Williams, he did go back to WA, but he didn’t play for Fremantle (in the seniors at least).
But apparently it was above board to ask them not to take any other uncontracted players from teams below us on the ladder in 1994, for which the concession was we could pick a player from the best 16 YO’s in the country. Todd Ridley was the uncontracted player officially taken to allow access to EFC claiming the 16 YO Lloyd. Tony Delaney was officially traded from Fremantle to EFC for selection 4 which became Scott Lucas.
It’s lucky Blitz wasn’t around then because I reckon the main thing they would have noticed at the time was that we swapped pick 39 to Fremantle for Dale Kickett as part of the deal, with Kickett being the most successful part of the deal for Freo (being their first 100 game player and a B & F winner) and we took Stephen Carter at pick 39 from the SANFL Port Magpies who refused to leave and waited until the Power was created before he would play his 10 games for Port in 1997 (his entire AFL career).
1995 uncontracted and concession player selections
As part of Fremantle Football Club’s impending entry to the AFL in the 1995 AFL season, clubs that lost uncontracted players to the new side were allocated a 16-year-old concession selection to compensate them for their loss. These players were otherwise not eligible to be drafted until the following draft. Fremantle and Essendon Football Club arranged a deal where they would not recruit any uncontracted players from clubs below Essendon on the ladder, to allow Essendon the chance to have the first selection in the concession selections, which they used to recruit their future captain and leading goalscorer, Matthew Lloyd.