Player manager Colin Young is still holding out hope of sending Rory Lobb back to GWS despite tensions running hot following the ‘church-like confession’ from Fremantle’s footy boss Peter Bell.
The Fremantle Dockers had a disappointing 2019 season.
They did have two players that were a part of the 2019 AFL All-Australian team in Nat Fyfe, who was captain of the team, and Michael Walters. Check out the ten players that the Fremantle Dockers could least afford to lose in season 2020.
10. Luke Ryan
Ryan finished sixth in the 2019 Fremantle Dockers’ best and fairest despite playing 18 out of the 22 games that the Dockers played in, which clearly indicates that he is a superb player.
9. Darcy Tucker
Tucker played every game in 2019, averaging just under 20 disposals a game. He finished in the top ten of the 2019 Fremantle Dockers’ best and fairest. He had a good game in Round 1 of season 2020, where he amassed 23 disposals.
8. Sean Darcy
Darcy playing in the ruck allows Rory Lobb to play more up forward, which paid dividends in Round 1 of season 2020 where Lobb kicked two goals. Darcy averaged 27.45 hitouts in 2019 despite only playing 11 games in that season.
7. Matthew Taberner
Taberner has the potential to be a pivotal player structurally for the Fremantle Dockers as he is a key position forward who may benefit from having a new coach, as he showed in Round 1 of season 2020 against the Essendon Bombers starting at centre half-forward.
6. Nathan Wilson
Wilson provides plenty of run out of defence. Unfortunately, he was unavailable in Round 1 of season 2020, but he’ll be back as it was a toe injury that wasn’t serious. Wilson averaged an impressive 17.89 disposals in the 18 games that he played in 2019.
5. Blake Acres
Acres will benefit from changing clubs as he will have a new lease of life as he showed in preseason where he had 31 disposals against the Carlton Blues. Unfortunately, Acres suffered a slight setback as he suffered a hamstring injury, but he’ll be back probably playing on the wing.
4. Joel Hamling
Hamling played every game in 2019 and is a player that will be a pivotal part of the Fremantle Dockers in season 2020 when he recovers from the knee injury that has hampered him of late and meant that he missed Round 1 of season 2020. Perhaps if he was playing then they would’ve won.
He is also a part of the Dockers’ leadership group for season 2020.
3. Rory Lobb
Lobb is a player that can play up forward and in the ruck. Lobb displayed what a good player he was in Round 1 of season 2020 when he nearly got the Fremantle Dockers a victory over the Essendon Bombers.
He kicked two goals and took seven marks. Lobb played 15 games in 2019 and still managed to finish eighth in the Fremantle Dockers’ best and fairest.
2. Michael Walters
Walters is a quality player. that’s why he was selected in the 2019 AFL All-Australian team. Walters is a key part of the leadership group. He played all 22 games in 2019 and kicked the most goals for the Fremantle Dockers with 40 and he also averaged over 20 disposals a game, which shows that he isn’t a one-dimensional forward and is versatile.
1. Nat Fyfe
Fyfe is the solitary captain of the Fremantle Dockers for season 2020 and a superstar to add to that; he is irreplaceable and an extremely talented player.