Fyfe in to face Richmond in pre-season opener: Fremantle Dockers

BROWNLOW medallist Nat Fyfe has shrugged off an injury-interrupted off-season and will be right for Fremantle’s NAB Challenge opener on Friday.

Fyfe was today announced in the Dockers’ 29-man squad to face Richmond at Rushton Park.

The 24-year-old has recovered from a broken leg sustained at the back end of last season, as well as a serious back complaint.

Fyfe, together with new skipper David Mundy, Michael Barlow, Matthew Pavlich and Aaron Sandilands, form the crux of what is an experienced side.

Two new faces will be there, with 2015 draft picks Darcy Tucker and Sam Collins playing their first games for the team.

Tucker was recruited from North Ballarat with pick 27.

Collins was snapped up from the Box Hill Hawks with pick 55.

Gold Coast recruit Harley Bennell will not play.

Conversely, the Tigers have announced an inexperienced squad.

Among seven new players is Daniel Rioli, their first pick in last year’s draft, and second selection Oleg Markov.

Fremantle: Hayden Ballantyne, Zac Dawson, Garrick Ibbotson, Danyle Pearce, Nathan Fyfe, Nick Suban, Matt de Boer, Michael Walters, Tom Sheridan, Jon Griffin, Tendai Mzungu, Lachie Weller, David Mundy, Darcy Tucker, Connor Blakely, Matt Taberner, Michael Barlow, Chris Mayne, Lachie Neal, Brady Grey, Matthew Pavlich, Aaron Sandilands, Stephen Hill, Cam Sutcliffe, Lee Spurr, Alex Silvagni, Jack Hannath, Sam Collins, Clancee Pearce.

Richmond: Nick Vlastuin, Brandon Ellis, Shaun Grigg, Ben Lennon, Jake Batchelor, David Astbury, Daniel Rioli, Jacob Townsend, Kane Lambert, Ben Griffiths, Troy Chaplin, Sam Lloyd, Tyrone Vickery, Reece Conca, Oleg Markov, Corey Ellis, Kamdyn McIntosh, Liam McBean, Nathan Broad, Callum Moore, Connor Menadue, Steven Morris, Daniel Butler, Mabior Chol, Todd Elton, Adam Marcon, Jayden Short, Jason Castagna, Ivan Soldo.