Dockers look for options from within to reshape midfield mix

Nat Fyfe will return to a full-time midfield role this year in a bid to get back to his game-breaking best.

Fremantle champion Nat Fyfe has the potential to return to midfield as a more rounded onballer after completing his biggest football assignment in Justin Longmuir’s five pre-seasons as coach.

Dockers look for options from within to reshape midfield mix

The Dockers and Fife made a collaborative decision at the end of last season to return the 32-year-old to the role in which he won two Brownlow medals, with the hope that the move will give him the best chance to perform at the highest level.

And while it is bold to expect Fyfe to reach the pinnacle of his career between 2014 and 2019 – including an extended period as the AFL’s best player – Longmuir is confident the veteran has introduced new elements to his midfield game. There are additions that will benefit the Dockers in 2024. ,
“I’m feeling really positive and confident,” Longmuir told the AFL. “He’s done pre-seasons in my time and done big parts of pre-season, but he hasn’t done the football that he has done this season.” Did it in pre-season.”

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“I think I’ve put him back in the midfield to give him a sense of parity, and to be able to gain some of that confidence, so he doesn’t have to think about his feet as much. Just going out there and playing a little more intuitively and naturally.

“I’ve been really impressed by his attention to detail in midfield and his ability to add layers to his game.

“He’s not just reliant on his competition or one aspect of his game. He’s been able to win footy in different ways, he’s been great in transition, and I’ve been really impressed with what he’s done more How to apply yourself to become a goal midfielder.

Nat Fyfe tackles Jack Buckley during Fremantle’s clash with GWS in Round 14, 2023. Image: AFL Photo
Longmuir said discussions about Fyfe returning to midfield “didn’t take too long” and that it gave the three-time All Australian the strongest chance of getting back to his best “because of the way he handles himself and his “Feel about the game and yourself”.

The Dockers also now have the luxury of utilizing other aerial goals in attack following the breakout season of young star Jaye Amis, the impact of Luke Jackson as a forward/ruck and the development of pre-season standout Josh Tracey.

“His (Fyfe’s) need to push us forward in aerial competitions is probably not as relevant as it was 12 months ago, so the decision to put him in midfield became a very easy one,” Longmuir said.

“I think everybody has noticed over the last couple of years and especially last year, we’ve been able to develop JE and ‘JT’ as developing key forwards, ‘Tabs’ (Matt Taberner) now. “Fully fit, and Luke Jackson has come in and played a big role along with our forward line.”

Jay Amis celebrates a goal during Fremantle’s clash against Hawthorn in Round
With the big body and competitive strengths provided by Fyfe, Fremantle have moved Hayden Young from half-back to a permanent midfield role after a successful stint at the end of last year.

With All-Australian Caleb Serong the club’s strongest performer this pre-season, Andrew Brayshaw excelling in the Dockers’ final intraclub, and young players creating a selection jam, Longmuir was confident the Dockers had what it took What they wanted. Field.


Hayden Young in action during Fremantle’s clash against Geelong in Round 20, 2023. Image: AFL Photos
“I think we’ve got all the things we need,” the coach said.

“[Young] gives us a point of difference because he’s a left-footed player, and naturally coming out of the backline his mentality is a bit more defensive.

“But that’s also mixed with a ferocious attack on the ball and the man. He doesn’t lack confidence when he gets the ball, whether that’s the ability to drive beyond the contest or the ability to use his left foot.

“We’ve also been able to use him in defensive type roles, which is what you need to do in the season.

“Cooper (Simpson) gives us a little more pace and runs off clearances, so maybe that could be an option as time goes on. But I think with the mix we’ve got, we’ve got a bunch of guys like that. A good mixture has been found, it can be done from inside and outside.”

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