Dylan Freechild Returns To Dallas Roughnecks
February 24, 2017
After winning a championship with the team in 2016, Dylan Freechild is set to return to the Dallas Roughnecks for the 2017 season. In eight regular season games last year, Freechild put up 22 assists and nine goals while primarily playing with the defensive unit.
"I’m re-signing mostly because I saw an opportunity to improve as a player," Freechild told Ultiworld. "I’ve never been a part of a team that has the opportunity to defend a title and that intrigued me."
Last season, Freechild was a vocal leader for the team during their undefeated run. Even while holding a three-goal lead at halftime in their divisional final playoff game against the Atlanta Hustle, Freechild expressed his displeasure in an interview that the team was falling into bad habits.
"To be a little harsh, I think there has been a sense of entitlement the last five games," Freechild said at the time. "For me, you just gotta focus on the things you can control and be engaged in. That's decision making. That's being intense. That's warming up correctly, and I don't think we're focusing on the things we can do day in and day out."
Even with the losses of Beau Kittredge and Cassidy Rasmussen to free agency, the Roughnecks are returning most of their championship roster. Freechild will be joined by all-stars Kurt Gibson and MVP hopeful Jimmy Mickle, as well as notable returners such as Stanley Peterson, Brandon Malecek, Chris Mazur, Dan Emmons, and 2016 All-AUDL Second Team member Matt Jackson among others. The team has also signed standouts Jay Froude and Joel Clutton, formerly of the Madison Radicals and Austin Sol, respectively.