They’ve played for rival sides in the North Pilbara Football League for many years, but in 2020 the Karratha Kats’ leading goal kicker and Dampier Sharks’ best and fairest player will have to get used to being on the same team.

Kats’ Daniel Farmer Jr and Sharks’ Lewis Upton, who also won the NPFL 2019 De Grey Medal, will both be playing in the West Australian Football League next year after being drafted to the Subiaco Football Club.

The pair are joining the WAFL’s reigning premiers, so will be looking for a way to break into a side which won the 2019 grand final by 96 points

Subiaco league coach Beau Wardman said both players had been great on the track in the first few sessions and showed a good level of fitness and skills to match.

“We are excited to give both Daniel and Lewis an opportunity at WAFL level and believe they will develop well in a professional environment,” he said. Wardman said Farmer was a mercurial forward with ability to find the goals.

“His work ethic on and off field is something that we recognised with his job at Woodside and his endurance at a high level,” he said.

“Daniel comes to Subiaco from Karratha Kats where he was averaging a couple of goals a game playing across half-forward.”

While Wardman described Upton as a highly skilled midfield/forward with a good engine

“Lewis is strongly built and has a strong sporting background in football and cricket,” he said.

“He has already shown his ability to be clean with the ball and make good decisions, working closely with some of our senior players and Jason Bristow he could really be an influential addition for our senior squad.”

When the pair run out on to the field together next year, it won’t be their first time wearing the same colours, having both played for the New Holland State Country Team in July.