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Freo still on track for finals: Serong



Dockers young gun Caleb Serong believes his side still has what it takes to play finals football in 2021, despite a heavy injury toll through the first half of the season.


Speaking on Sports Breakfast on Thursday, Serong said confidence was still high amongst the playing group that Fremantle could feature in September football this year.


"Definitely yeah, that's what we're building towards," the 2020 AFL Rising Star said.


"It's what we play for. Hopefully we can get a couple of wins in the next couple of weeks it makes that dream more realisable.


"With guys coming back like Fyfey (captain Nat Fyfe) in the next couple of weeks hopefully we can get the troops back and rally towards a push for finals again."


Fremantle have the bye in round 14, having defeated Gold Coast by 27 points at Optus Stadium last Saturday to have a 6-7 record, sitting in ninth spot a win plus percentage outside of the top eight.


Missing first choice players Brennan Cox, Griffin Logue, Matt Taberner and skipper Fyfe the Dockers overcame a sluggish start to win comfortably, Serong pleased with his side's ability to win without key personnel and off a sluggish first half.


"At half time we were really confident we could get to our best, and I think in the third and fourth quarters we got back to the footy we wanted to play and got the result."


Serong praised the return of injury plagued key defender Alex Pearce, who kept star Suns forward Ben King goalless for the first time this season.


"It was the first time I have played a full game with him (Pearce)," he said.


"He went down in round one unfortunately. To see the way he goes about it off-field is quite inspiring. He's had a lot of setbacks with a lot of injuries.


"The way he comes to the club every day and puts the team and club first, he does everything he can to make the place a better place to be.


"To have success, and see him get that reward individually on the weekend with a great game was amazing to see."


Fremantle will face Collingwood in round 15 at Docklands, with the Pies having farewelled coach Nathan Buckley after the Queens Birthday clash on Monday, star players Darcy Moore (knee) and Jordan DeGoey (suspension) set to miss the contest.


Serong, who is averaging 21 disposals this season said the Pies clash loomed as a great opportunity to record a rare road win.


"Any opportunity we get on the road is a big opportunity for us a young group to really grow and improve our methods and preparation for going interstate.


"The boys are really excited. We've had a nice refresh the last few days, we will get back in to training tomorrow and prepare for the Pies."


Fremantle play Collingwood at Docklands on Saturday June 26th.


IMAGE: Fremantle FC.