Dockers to unleash young AFLW ruck Strom

Justin Chadwick

Retired Fremantle ruckman Aaron Sandilands has praised the courage of Mim Strom after handing her an AFLW debut in Sunday's clash with Geelong.

The season-ending knee injury to Aine Tighe left a huge hole in Fremantle's ruck stocks, and they are banking on the 184cm Strom to fill the void.

Strom was initially viewed as a longer-term project after being selected with pick No.21 at the 2019 AFLW draft.

But Sandilands, who became the ruck coach at Fremantle after retiring last year, likes what he has seen from the 18-year-old.

"I just love the way she goes about it and there's no doubt she'll fit in well in the team this Sunday," Sandilands told the club's website.

"She's so young and there's so much potential for Mim a couple of years down the track. The more games we get into her, the better she'll become.

"She's going to compete, she'll have a crack, and seeing some of the vision from the past couple of weeks, she doesn't mind backing back into the pack.

"She has plenty of courage and hopefully she can give our (midfielders) first use."

Roxy Roux, who was selected with pick No.12 in the same draft as Strom, is also expected to make her debut at Fremantle Oval on Sunday.

Geelong were dealt a double blow before the season even starts, with Mia Skinner (stress reaction in her femur) and Gemma Wright (mental health) ruled out for the season.