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.

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    • July 17th 2017 @ 12:55pm
      Ditto said | July 17th 2017 @ 12:55pm | ! Report

      You know Geelong supporters must giggle to themselves when they think that they have Dangerfield and Selwood for a combined salary of 1.6 mil, when one Fyfe is worth 1.4 mil, or perhaps they laugh out loud

      • July 17th 2017 @ 1:08pm
        Don Freo said | July 17th 2017 @ 1:08pm | ! Report

        That’s because, combined, they fall short of Fyfe even when Fyfe is on one leg.

      • Roar Guru

        July 17th 2017 @ 1:15pm
        Dalgety Carrington said | July 17th 2017 @ 1:15pm | ! Report

        A fair slice of Fyfe’s deal would come with the new CBA, so we’ll see how much Dangerwood is worth collectively in coming seasons.

        • July 17th 2017 @ 1:52pm
          Mattician6x6 said | July 17th 2017 @ 1:52pm | ! Report

          I’m certain Dangerwood are making a huge amount through sponsorship, media etc and as big as fyfe is in west he’s still sharing the market and as dalgetty says the new CBA will see them paid more than they are in coming seasons.

          • July 17th 2017 @ 11:21pm
            2 Left Feet said | July 17th 2017 @ 11:21pm | ! Report

            For that money you would go close to having 2 blokes named Kennedy in your side. Plus could have traded Fyfe and got a couple of top 5 daft picks.

            Fyfe won that deal. Good luck to him.

            • July 18th 2017 @ 9:49am
              rusty said | July 18th 2017 @ 9:49am | ! Report

              Yeah top 5 picks that could turn out to be spuds. No thanks.

    • July 17th 2017 @ 1:14pm
      Don Freo said | July 17th 2017 @ 1:14pm | ! Report

      Sitting right now in a lecture about “Hope” (PD training day…Optimism in Schools).

      My colleague showed me the news on his phone. KISMET.

      • July 17th 2017 @ 1:54pm
        Captain Thomas Hardy said | July 17th 2017 @ 1:54pm | ! Report

        *smack*

        Thank God Fyfe has done his duty

      • Roar Guru

        July 17th 2017 @ 2:01pm
        AdelaideDocker said | July 17th 2017 @ 2:01pm | ! Report

        Ayeee so I’m not the only one who uses the Roar in lectures.

    • July 17th 2017 @ 1:30pm
      rusty said | July 17th 2017 @ 1:30pm | ! Report

      That is Fyfe, Neale and Blakely wrapped up. The next big question is whether they can keep some of the young Victorians coming through. Langdon, Tucker, Weller, Balic etc. Unfortunately Balic looks a certainty to leave which is disappointing because he shows the most promise. I think his family might be whispering in his ear a fair bit.

      As for Fyfe, he is a joy to watch. His strength in the tackle is best in league imo. But until he can take his chances at goal there will always be that question mark over him. It has reached a point with a number of Freo big guns that they are looking to pass the ball instead of taking a shot and missing. It is crippling us.

      • July 17th 2017 @ 2:56pm
        dontknowmuchaboutfootball said | July 17th 2017 @ 2:56pm | ! Report

        I think Weller is staying put, and I’d be surprised if Langdon left. By all reports, Langdon, Weller and Blakely are best mates (referred to as the “three amigos”). Blakely is a WA boy, while Weller grew up supporting Freo, so any offers from over east would have to overcome those factors.

        Langdon was best 22 before his knee soreness a few weeks ago. Assuming things on that front go right, it’s hard to see him yearning for a return to Vic.

        All we really need now is an imposing forward. Got good depth in the midfield (esp. if Balic stays) and defence. Just need someone who can break even or better on opposition teams’ No.1 defender, to give McCarthy the chance to shine.

        • Roar Guru

          July 17th 2017 @ 3:05pm
          Dalgety Carrington said | July 17th 2017 @ 3:05pm | ! Report

          And technically Weller is from Tassie and his mum and dad have been happy to move wherever to support initially Mav, so I don’t think he’s particularly worried about where he lives.

          One thing I’ve noticed is a frequently occurring feature of the Freo players in interviews etc is that they talk about being a brotherhood and put a real focus on those bonds they have as a group. I’ve never heard it talked about by other groups as much, sure it might just be a gimmick, but they way they bring it up and how often, it seems substantial. That just might encourage a few more to stay on longer at contract time too.

          • July 17th 2017 @ 4:33pm
            Mattician6x6 said | July 17th 2017 @ 4:33pm | ! Report

            Freo and west coast both have a great history of retaining the players they want to who are not original WA boys a fact often overlooked in articles I’ve read over the years.

    • Roar Pro

      July 17th 2017 @ 2:08pm
      anon said | July 17th 2017 @ 2:08pm | ! Report

      A lot of money for a player who has only shown fleeting glimpses of his 2014-15 form.

      They’re nearly two years into a rebuild and I’m not seeing any real overhaul of the Fremantle gameplan, not seeing a style of play that can take them to a Grand Final in the next three years. Won’t take them to the finals come to think about it.

      I don’t think Fremantle will be a contender for the entirety of his 6-year contract.

      • July 17th 2017 @ 3:41pm
        Don Freo said | July 17th 2017 @ 3:41pm | ! Report

        The reason you “are not seeing” these things is pretty obvious.

        You are not watching.

      • July 17th 2017 @ 10:52pm
        Ken said | July 17th 2017 @ 10:52pm | ! Report

        Agreed, Looks as if Fyfe will be another Pavlich – a good, loyal one club player that will never see a Premiership.

        • Roar Guru

          July 18th 2017 @ 1:25am
          AdelaideDocker said | July 18th 2017 @ 1:25am | ! Report

          Eh, six more years is a long time.

          Plus Freo’s got a hell of a lot of potential.

          I’m optimistic.

          • Roar Pro

            July 18th 2017 @ 10:00am
            anon said | July 18th 2017 @ 10:00am | ! Report

            Fremantle have nearly completed the second year of their and I’m seeing no improvement in their attack, no successful change in game plan, still have dozen surplus players that need to be offloaded.

            The rebuild has several more years to play out and there will be no guarantee of being a contender.

            • Roar Guru

              July 18th 2017 @ 11:16am
              AdelaideDocker said | July 18th 2017 @ 11:16am | ! Report

              If Freo eventually won a premiership, would you give them one ounce of credit?

              • Roar Pro

                July 18th 2017 @ 11:50am
                anon said | July 18th 2017 @ 11:50am | ! Report

                You’re closer to the wooden spoon in the next three years than the top 4.

                With your style of play you could have GWS’s list and you still won’t be contending for the top 4.

                You’ve completely overhauled your forward line, yet it’s the same struggle to score, same poor quality inside 50’s.

                One day the penny will drop. It’s not personnel it’s coaching.

                When you get down to it, Fremantle had a decent two year period from mid 2012-mid 2014 under Lyon, plus the first four games of 2015.

              • Roar Guru

                July 18th 2017 @ 12:39pm
                AdelaideDocker said | July 18th 2017 @ 12:39pm | ! Report

                You didn’t answer my question.

            • July 18th 2017 @ 2:57pm
              johno said | July 18th 2017 @ 2:57pm | ! Report

              Freo got closer to beating Geelong than the Hawks and yet you drool over Clarko’s re-build and the way he majestically traded the world for O’Meara.

              Vickery is Clarko’s Anthony / Gumbleton moment and as for recruiting a 28 year old in Henderson ….. that was classic re-building!

              I hope they enjoy pick 35 in this years draft, I’m sure he’ll be a gun to replace Gibson, Hodge, Burgoyne, Roughhead, Poopy, Birchall, and ruck in between to plug all the holes in the leaky boat.

              But I’m sure you look at this and thin that the Hawks running around with granpa’s is rebuilding while Freo playing 5 first year kids and another 10 under 50 games is a hack job.

    • July 17th 2017 @ 4:00pm
      Birdman said | July 17th 2017 @ 4:00pm | ! Report

      Pretty sure this news will ease the disappointment of yesterday’s derby – if I didn’t know better I’d have thought the guys in purple had put a motza down on West Coast!

    • July 17th 2017 @ 6:18pm
      Don Freo said | July 17th 2017 @ 6:18pm | ! Report

      This is the biggest story of the season and it doesn’t even rank in the top 3 features?

      • Roar Guru

        July 17th 2017 @ 8:13pm
        AdelaideDocker said | July 17th 2017 @ 8:13pm | ! Report

        It was in the top 3 originally, but it was moved from them this arvo.

      • Roar Guru

        July 17th 2017 @ 8:51pm
        Cat said | July 17th 2017 @ 8:51pm | ! Report

        How is this ‘the biggest story of the season’? According to you Fyfe was never going, a deal was never in doubt, he was always going to sign with Freo All that makes it a non-story. Not much different from any other routine re-signing.

        • July 17th 2017 @ 9:12pm
          Mattyb said | July 17th 2017 @ 9:12pm | ! Report

          Dons not the whole football world,he’s one supporter who was on the money with this prediction.
          Easily the biggest story of the year,best player in the league signs a massive deal over multiple years to stay at a club back on the rise that he loves,after some wrongly thought he might leave. How is that not the story of the year? And a positive story also which is fantastic,you’d have to have a heart of stone to try and put a negative slant on this or fall to understand its magnitude.

          • Roar Guru

            July 18th 2017 @ 7:10am
            Cat said | July 18th 2017 @ 7:10am | ! Report

            Sure thing Don/matty gonna log in any other hydras to back up your own opinion?

            • July 18th 2017 @ 8:02am
              Don Freo said | July 18th 2017 @ 8:02am | ! Report

              That makes no sense, Samantha.

        • July 17th 2017 @ 11:19pm
          Don Freo said | July 17th 2017 @ 11:19pm | ! Report

          All you naysayers made it the biggest story. Freo threads always get the most comments. The news is made by Melbournites.

      • July 17th 2017 @ 10:53pm
        Ken said | July 17th 2017 @ 10:53pm | ! Report

        ‘Biggest story of the Season’ lol – it’s only Freo!!!

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