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During the 2006 season, Fremantle fans had reason to think that their club had come of age. Towards the end of the season, the club won nine games in a row and stormed into the finals.
They went on to win a semi-final against Melbourne, finally ending their dream season on the SCG against Sydney.
If they had beaten Sydney, they would have faced West Coast, a club that they had already clinically disposed of twice that year.
Now, just a few short years later, the Dockers find themselves on the bottom of the ladder, winless after four rounds.
What has gone wrong? Did they get ahead of themselves and think they were better than they were?
Either way, what the club needs now is what Mark Harvey is providing: a pathway forward for their not inconsiderable young talent. Against a rampant St Kilda, Fremantle played four first year players.
Harvey is not shielding the players from the fight, but then, he may not have a choice. With the well documented leaving of eight senior players last year, there is only onechoice available to the rookie coach, the future.
Unless Harvey is allowed the time to develop this squad, as we have observed other coaches such as Clarkson do, then Fremantle is destined to repeat the sins of the past.
And the sins of clubs such as Richmond.