Gun Fremantle forward Rory Lobb has produced a remarkable — and timely — first-half performance against the Western Bulldogs amid intense speculation he’s set to make the move to Whitten Oval.
Lobb booted three goals from as many kicks from in the Marvel Stadium clash — nailing each of them from long distance and on the boundary line — in an incredible kicking display to help his side get out to a 23-point lead at the main break.
It comes after Herald Sun journalist John Ralph reported on Fox Footy rival clubs expect the 29-year old, who’s contracted at Fremantle for 2023, to be traded to the Western Bulldogs at season’s end as he seeks a three-year, $1.5 million deal.
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Well, exploding with three first-half goals against Luke Beveridge’s side could well jack up his salary in an opportune showing.
“The funny thing about the three kicks, he’s kicked them all from 50m or just inside. He’s had to run out on the arc each time to try and get the extra leg into it, and he’s threaded the needle three times from only three kicks. “That’s extraordinary,” Hawks legend Jason Dunstall said on Fox Footy.
Demons great Garry Lyon compared Lobb’s goalkicking display to four-time Coleman Medallist Tony Lockett.
“That is as good an exhibition of three kicks at goal since ‘Plugger’ Lockett. When Jason Dunstall says it’s good even greater gravitas,” he said.
“All you’ve got to do is put it into that little corner pocket where the 50 meet the boundary ad Lobb will just keep drilling them.”