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  • Writer's pictureJosh Kempton

Dockers forward line still remains a concern

Brownlow Medalist Shane Woewodin believes Fremantle will improve again in the upcoming AFL season.

The Dockers ended a six year finals drought by finishing fifth on the ladder last season, coming back from a six goal deficit to beat the Western Bulldogs in an elimination final before being taken down by Collingwood in the semi final.

Woewodin, acting as fill-in host on Sports Breakfast, said he thinks the Dockers will continue their climb up the ladder.

“I reckon they’re pushing top four,” Woewodin said.

“I think they’ll improve on last year, they had a good year and I think they’re hungry.”

“They’re ready to go again, and I reckon we’ll see a more improved Fremantle and one who can challenge. They’ve got a really good list, and we saw what they did here in the finals last year, didn’t go for them at the back end of it and I think they’d like to go another step.”

While Woewodin is expecting the Dockers to improve, he said the forward line that produced the eighth most goals in the competition last season is still an area of concern.

“I don’t think Taberner is a real number one key forward, he’s still got areas of his game I think he can improve in, but they’re still missing that link there,” he said.

“Who supports him? Is Treacy going to be the player we think he’s going to be and Fyfe is still learning his craft as a forward, and he’ll probably play as the third tall.

“There will be days where they’re going to score and not, but that, I think, is still going to be their potential Achilles heel, the ability to score and impact in the front half.”

Fremantle were active in the player market this offseason, recruiting Luke Jackson and Jaeger O’Meara to the club but losing Griffin Logue, Rory Lobb, Lloyd Meek, and Darcy Tucker.

Woewodin said he didn’t think the loss of depth would hurt the Dockers.

“They’ve got some first round picks sitting on their list playing for Peel which is a good thing, you know you’ve got them in the back blocks ready to go,” he said.

“Jackson, great acquisition … we can see the talent, we can see the potential, we can see the growth and the ceiling where he can potentially go to, but that one-two combination now with Fremantle, Darcy’s got a genuine all-round ruckman who can get around the ground and support him.

“Bringing Jaeger in, great swap for Mundy. Something very different with their midfield mix to support Serong and Brayshaw and Brodie.”

The Dockers begin their campaign against an injury-riddled St Kilda at Marvel Stadium on Sunday, with bounce down at 1:40pm AWST time.



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