Fyfe for life! Fremantle skipper signs six-year big-money deal

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    Fremantle superstar Nat Fyfe has put an end to any chance of him changing clubs via free agency at the end of the year, signing a six-year deal with the Dockers until the end of 2023.

    The deal is rumoured to be worth as much as $1.4 million per year for Dockers’ captain and 2015 Brownlow Medallist. If true, the total value of the contract would be in excess of $8 million.

    Fyfe will by 31 when the deal finishes and so seems likely to finish his career as a one-club player.

    “I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity. Freo has been my home since the start of my career and I’ve since grown into a leadership role,” Fyfe said.

    “I really love playing for the club and I’m really grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to be here for the next six years.”

    There was significant rumour in the early part of the season that Fyfe was being targetted by Victorian clubs, in particular St Kilda.

    It was even said at one point that he had agreed to terms with the Saints on a deal worth more than $1.5 million a year, though this was immediately denied by his management.

    St Kilda later publicly confirmed that they were not chasing Fyfe’s signature and instead pursuing other targets such as Josh Kelly and Dustin Martin.

    From that point onwards it has looked more likely than not that Fyfe would decide to stay with the Dockers, and perhaps it always was.

    His signature is an enormous boon for a rebuilding Fremantle side, who can now plan for 2018 and beyond knowing they will have him to build around as both the club’s captain and its best player.

    With Harley Bennell also looking likely to play his first game for Fremantle sooner rather than later and likely another top ten draft pick coming this year, things are looking up for the Dockers’ future.

    “I think we’ve got a group who are really willing to learn and aren’t interested in waiting around for their careers to follow a natural trajectory,” Fyfe said.

    “Clearly, we want to deliver Fremantle their first premiership. It’s a really lofty and ambitious goal. We’re all going to work as hard as we can towards that.”

    After a season that has been quality football but below his prolific standards of the past, Fyfe has been in excellent form over the past fortnight, with back-to-back 30+ disposal games.

    The 25-year-old was drafted to the Dockers in the 2009 AFL draft at pick No.20, and in addition to the 2015 Brownlow has been named All-Australian twice, won two Fremantle best-and-fairests, and two AFLPA MVP awards.

    Josh Elliott
    Josh Elliott

    Josh Elliott may be The Roar's Weekend Editor, but at heart he's just a rusted-on North Melbourne tragic with a penchant for pun headlines - and also abnormal alliteration, assuredly; assuming achievability. He once finished third in a hot chilli pie eating contest. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshElliott_29 and listen to him on The Roar's AFL Podcast.

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    • Roar Guru

      July 17th 2017 @ 10:27am
      AdelaideDocker said | July 17th 2017 @ 10:27am | ! Report

      Sen-bloody-sational news!

      Oh, and there’s this: http://i.imgur.com/8qyzKel.png
      The Giants play Freo in two weeks time, Rick!

      • Roar Guru

        July 17th 2017 @ 10:32am
        Cat said | July 17th 2017 @ 10:32am | ! Report

        haha.

      • Roar Guru

        July 17th 2017 @ 11:44am
        JamesH said | July 17th 2017 @ 11:44am | ! Report

        Excellent. Look forward to seeing the pics.

      • Roar Guru

        July 17th 2017 @ 6:17pm
        Rick Disnick said | July 17th 2017 @ 6:17pm | ! Report

        @!$#!

        Been busy all day — only just read this news.

        I’m a man of my word, but unfortunately it won’t be this coming match (in-laws from UK with us for next 3 weeks). I doubt the Freo kit would arrive in time anyway.

        I’d prefer it to be a Freo vs Cats match to make it truly memorable, but this just isn’t possible.

        Checking the fixture….

        Ahh, yes: Round 21 Saturday, August 12 — Swans vs Freo SCG

        F@%$ing hate Sydney anyway. Looks like the best option for me. Don’t see an issue at this stage, but will confirm tomorrow with you.

        I’ll take any suggestions of gear you Freo fans would like to see me wear. Be kind…please.

        Once decided, I’ll order the gear. Will need to do it soon though.

        • Roar Guru

          July 17th 2017 @ 7:21pm
          AdelaideDocker said | July 17th 2017 @ 7:21pm | ! Report

          Oh, dude. I almost feel bad for ya. Almost. I would’ve loved to have seen your face once you read the news.

          The Sydney game should be a good game though, so don’t feel too bad. Plus you’ve mentioned you hate Sydney, so you can support the opposition which is good!

          I’ll have a look at the gear and see what you should wear! If Don’s reading this, he could recommend some stuff as well 😉

          • Roar Guru

            July 17th 2017 @ 7:26pm
            AdelaideDocker said | July 17th 2017 @ 7:26pm | ! Report

            I hope the editor’s will approve your “why you shouldn’t gamble” article, as well.

            Mr Josh “North Melbourne fanatic” Elliott, if you’re reading this, would the article be approved?

            • July 17th 2017 @ 11:16pm
              Don Freo said | July 17th 2017 @ 11:16pm | ! Report

              With Rick’s gambling, he might only be able to afford to tie-die a tee shirt purple.

              • Roar Guru

                July 18th 2017 @ 10:24am
                Rick Disnick said | July 18th 2017 @ 10:24am | ! Report

                I’d have to pay someone to do it. I don’t like getting my hands dirty, let alone purple.

                Much easier just buying a Freo guernsey to line my Cat litter tray with. I think it will fit well.

              • Roar Guru

                July 18th 2017 @ 11:27am
                AdelaideDocker said | July 18th 2017 @ 11:27am | ! Report

                I just woke up essentially, so I haven’t get a chance to look at the Freo store.

                I’d say, Rick, that you should just get the regular beanie/hat, scarf and gurney combo. We don’t wanna embarrass you any further 😉

              • Roar Guru

                July 18th 2017 @ 5:09pm
                Rick Disnick said | July 18th 2017 @ 5:09pm | ! Report

                All right. I’ve just ordered my kit:

                https://teamstore.fremantlefc.com.au/mens/apparel-mens/hoodies-jacket/fremantle-dockers-combination-jacket-isc-2017-mens

                I’m going in style!

                Got a beanie too, but I don’t do scarves…hate them!

                Now I can’t guarantee this coming Swans match (just depends on a clinical rotation for me at the moment), but if it’s not this one then I’ll find another fixture to embarrass myself at. About a 50 per cent chance though.

                Might alter the article a bit to make it more relevant to a larger audience.

                GO DOCKERS!

              • Roar Guru

                July 18th 2017 @ 5:54pm
                AdelaideDocker said | July 18th 2017 @ 5:54pm | ! Report

                Good choice! I sorta feel bad that you dropped $100 on it though… Dunno why I feel bad, it just seems to be in my inherent nature to!

                Hahaha, what will you alter the article to?

                It’s lucky because he didn’t go to Collingwood, because I’d be heading to Adelaide Oval on Friday night 😉

              • Roar Rookie

                July 18th 2017 @ 6:50pm
                FreoFan said | July 18th 2017 @ 6:50pm | ! Report

                Rick will be bleeding purple soon enough. This won’t be a temporary or one off event!

              • July 18th 2017 @ 7:05pm
                Aransan said | July 18th 2017 @ 7:05pm | ! Report

                Rick will be bleeding, that is for sure. All in a good cause.

              • Roar Guru

                July 18th 2017 @ 7:23pm
                Rick Disnick said | July 18th 2017 @ 7:23pm | ! Report

                Not sure on the article just yet.

                I’ve got something in mind, but it depends on the match I end up going to. Hopefully it’s the next Swans match — one way or another, I’ll find my way to a Freo match. 🙂

                Betting is too serious a topic. I want it to be more light-hearted and neutral.

              • July 18th 2017 @ 9:52pm
                Aransan said | July 18th 2017 @ 9:52pm | ! Report

                I would distinguish between betting and gambling. It was a sad day when Victoria allowed the introduction of poker machines to which many of our football clubs are addicted to. These devices are a tax on the poor.

    • July 17th 2017 @ 10:33am
      Mattician6x6 said | July 17th 2017 @ 10:33am | ! Report

      Good news sending a great message as leader down Cockburn way, all I can say is damn west coast had the lower pick year of fyfes draft, a great player and still the only midfielder who will rival Dangerfield over coming years.

      • July 17th 2017 @ 12:05pm
        Birdman said | July 17th 2017 @ 12:05pm | ! Report

        hmm…I’d take Selwood over Fyfe even if I can’t stand the guy.

        • July 17th 2017 @ 12:12pm
          andyl12 said | July 17th 2017 @ 12:12pm | ! Report

          Both have special relationships with the powers-to-be. Selwood because he gets high-tackle frees that no other player could dream of getting, and Fyfe because the MRP consistently let him off in his Brownlow year.

          Maybe the critics would go harder on both players if they weren’t so busy with their #freekickhawthorn BS.

          • July 17th 2017 @ 12:51pm
            Minz said | July 17th 2017 @ 12:51pm | ! Report

            This is the same Fyfe who got 2 weeks for an accidental head clash on a fair hip-and-shoulder the year before? That’s a special relationship alright…

            • July 17th 2017 @ 4:02pm
              andyl12 said | July 17th 2017 @ 4:02pm | ! Report

              One harsh suspension doesn’t justify three even less sensible acquittals.

        • July 17th 2017 @ 12:54pm
          Pope Paul VII said | July 17th 2017 @ 12:54pm | ! Report

          I’d take Sydney’s Kennedy over the lot.

          • July 17th 2017 @ 1:00pm
            Birdman said | July 17th 2017 @ 1:00pm | ! Report

            that’s a good call too, PP7

            • Roar Guru

              July 17th 2017 @ 1:11pm
              Dalgety Carrington said | July 17th 2017 @ 1:11pm | ! Report

              We’ll see how that goes over the next year or two. Both Fyfe (especially Fyfe) and Dangerfield are better to watch from a spectator’s pov. But also an on-song Fyfe I reckon is the biggest match winner of the lot, but he’s not there at the moment so hard to remember how good he actually can be.

      • July 17th 2017 @ 10:53pm
        Brendon the 1st said | July 17th 2017 @ 10:53pm | ! Report

        Reckon Wingard might give them a shake if he can find some type of consistency.

        Also, Josh Kelly, is already an out and out superstar, right now I’d take Kelly over both of them.

    • July 17th 2017 @ 10:40am
      Mattyb said | July 17th 2017 @ 10:40am | ! Report

      Great news for the Dockers on top of the Bennell news from the weekend. I never thought there was much doubt Fyfe would sign.
      Good money but Fyfe was clearly the best player in the league before his injuries and he’s slowly returning to that form again. Long term Fremantles future looks very rosey and Fyfe will be the perfect person to lead them through that.
      Absolute superstar footballer,I think some people have forgotten but they’ll be reminded again.

    • Roar Guru

      July 17th 2017 @ 10:42am
      Paul D said | July 17th 2017 @ 10:42am | ! Report

      Gee the Dockers needed him to stay and he has. It won’t shut up the anti-Freo haters but it will give them some spring in their step now. Hopefully he has more luck in the premiership department than Pav

    • July 17th 2017 @ 11:44am
      Jim said | July 17th 2017 @ 11:44am | ! Report

      Great news for the dockers! Its a shame he will miss this weeks game

    • July 17th 2017 @ 12:50pm
      Jim said | July 17th 2017 @ 12:50pm | ! Report

      He has a appointment with this hairdresser

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