Fremantle report card

Fremantle youngster Nathan Fyfe had an outstanding season and has drawn camparisons with a young James Hird in 2011.

2011 RECORD

Won 9, Draw 0, Lost 13: Finished 11th

THE LIST

FINDS OF 2011

Nat Fyfe, Tendai Mzungu, Alex Silvagni, Nick Lower, Zac Clarke, Peter Faulks

TRADE POTENTIAL

Jonathon Griffin, Michael Johnson, Ryan Crowley, Chris Mayne

GOING, GOING

Antoni Grover

GONE

Roger Hayden (retired), Byron Schammer (retired), Clayton Hinkley (delisted), Joel Houghton (delisted), Tim Ruffles (delisted), Ben Bucovaz (delisted), Hamish Shepheard (delisted)

WHAT THEY NEED

With its full list up and running, the midfield is not a concern for Fremantle, but there are definite holes in the forward line. The club needs a key forward with presence to stand alongside captain Matthew Pavlich, who will presumably spend more time in attack next year. The club has also identified a small lockdown defender and quick half-back players as priorities following Roger Hayden’s retirement.

COOPS’ VERDICT

Fremantle’s year could well have been over before it began with several players reduced to poor, injury-interrupted pre-seasons. David Mundy, Michael Barlow, Roger Hayden, Garrick Ibbotson, Adam McPhee, Anthony Morabito and Tendai Mzungu were all out of action over summer. The Dockers fought bravely through the middle part of the season but the final blow appeared to be the serious ankle to injury to David Mundy and Aaron Sandilands’s turf toe. There are real worries about the backline with both Luke McPharlin and Antoni Grover starting 2012 on the wrong side of 30. Matthew Pavlich isn’t getting any younger, either, and can’t be expected to carry the load he has done for the past decade.    Chris Mayne is one who has disappointed, Stephen Hill has struggled in the second half of the year, and Michael Johnson is reflective of Fremantle’s struggle for consistency. Former Sydney defender Peter Faulks is a great talent who should join another impressive tall in Alex Silvagni in the back half next season. Nathan Fyfe is going to be a very good player after a breakout season and athletic ruckman Zac Clarke has improved, while former Port Adelaide utility Nick Lower made the most of his second chance in the west. Ross Lyon takes over from the sacked Mark Harvey in 2012 as he attempts to lead the Dockers back into September.

TOMORROW: WESTERN BULLDOGS

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