AFL: Dockers name Fyfe as ninth club captain

Nat Fyfe. Picture: Getty Images
Nat Fyfe. Picture: Getty Images

BROWNLOW medallist Nat Fyfe has become Fremantle’s ninth captain.

The 25-year-old was announced as skipper today, locked in via the club’s 5-4-3-2-1 voting method.

“It hasn’t really sunk in fully yet but it’s just fantastic to get the support of the players and to also have two new members of the leadership group,” he said.

The new faces in the leadership group are Michael Walters and Lachie Neale.

They join established figures Aaron Sandilands, 2016 captain David Mundy, Lee Spurr and Fyfe.

“It’s an exciting time for the footy club and we have an exciting group to lead the club for the next four or five years,” Fyfe said.

“We’ve got fresh new talent through the door. We’ve got great coaching staff and people in administration roles.

“The club’s in really good hands and the future looks exciting.”

Walters sits sixth on the club’s all-time goalkicking list, with Neale collecting an AFL record 737 possessions last season.

Coach Ross Lyon said it was important to get some younger players into leadership positions to guide the club’s resurgence back up the ladder.

“The leadership group is the foundation for the list and the team, our on field performance and drive at training,” he said.

“The additions of Lachie Neale and Michael Walters have been built over a fair period of time, and we’re pleased about that.”