Star Fremantle midfielder Caleb Serong is daring to dream of flag success in the not too distant future, and says a finals appearance in 2022 is well within the team’s grasp.
The Dockers have missed the finals for six straight years, but they now boast one of the competition’s most exciting and talented young squads and they look primed for a period of sustained success.
Serong is part of the generation next at Fremantle, and he’s confident about what the future holds and he’s ambitious to achieve the ultimate success.
“I’m solely focused on bringing a flag to the Dockers and I think a lot of the guys are in the same boat,” Serong said on Monday.
“We’ve got a really driven young group that all we want to do is play finals and win flags for the Fremantle family, and I think we’re on track to do that at the moment.
“We feel like it (finals) is a realistic possibility in our progression for next year. I feel like we can take a big step quickly and that’s where we want to go as a group, play finals and win a flag.”
Fremantle have made incremental improvements in recent years, but Serong said it was important the group takes nothing for granted.
“We’re under no illusions,” he said.
“We’re not here just thinking we can just go through pre-season and off-season as well and think we’re just going to get there and have that gradual progression and growth.
“We’re really keen to do it straight away.”
Skipper Nat Fyfe is no certainty to be fit for the start of the season due to complications from shoulder surgery.
But the addition of former Cats defender Jordan Clark will give Fremantle extra zip.
Fremantle’s first- to fifth-year players returned to pre-season training on Monday, with part of the session including four one-kilometre time trials.
Clark took out the first two races, before Andrew Brayshaw took out the final two.
“He’s a really confident kid,” Serong said of Clark.
“He’s brought a lot of energy to the group. He’s fitted in really well, and everyone has embraced him, and he’s really embraced the Freo way already.
“I can’t wait to see what he can do on the field.”