Fyfe plays down milestone

In 2015, Fyfe is averaging 30 disposals per game, 18 of which are contested. Picture: Dan White
In 2015, Fyfe is averaging 30 disposals per game, 18 of which are contested. Picture: Dan White

HOW would you describe Nat Fyfe�s AFL career to date?

In six seasons, the 23-year-old has claimed a host of individual awards including two Doig Medals, All Australian selection and the competition�s MVP award.

That�s on top of a growing highlights package featuring high-flying pack marks, goals and incredible work in the clinches.

But while the footy world raves about the Lake Grace product, Fyfe today played down his 99 games.

�They�ve been ok,� he said.

�Individually I�ve been quite lucky and achieved a few things.

�Falling short as a team in 2013 still stings and there�s a lot I want to achieve individually and more importantly as a collective for this footy club and so I�m really excited about what the next 100 looks like.�

Fyfe was taken at pick 20 in the 2009 National Draft, Fremantle�s second selection behind Anthony Morabito.

After dominating at WAFL level with Claremont, Fyfe debuted for Fremantle in round five against Richmond in 2010.

It was not long before Fyfe offered a glimpse of the future, with his first goal coming off a strong pack mark following some lead up play from David Mundy and Michael Barlow.

Today, on the eve of his 100th game against North Melbourne, he is arguably the competition�s best player and a raging favourite for this year�s Brownlow Medal.

His century of games has even drawn comparisons to those of former West Coast and current Carlton midfielder Chris Judd.

�It�s humbling, the comparisons,� he said.

�Obviously there�s a lot of attention and hype around it at the moment but I�m pretty internally focused and footy clubs keep you pretty grounded.

�It�s never as good as it seems, it�s never as bad as it seems, so I�m just controlling the controllables at the moment, not really worrying about comparisons.�

While humbling, Fyfe admitted he was disappointed the fan-fare around his own form and Brownlow Medal favouritism had taken the shine off what has been Fremantle�s best ever start to a year.

Fremantle sit two games clear at the top of the table after just seven rounds.

�It somewhat of a distracting side plot to the fact we�re seven and zero and going really well as a footy club,� he said.

�Personally I don�t read into it too much but I�d be lying if I didn�t acknowledge that there is some noise there and it is disappointing sometimes that it takes away from what we�re achieving as a group.�

If Fyfe�s aim to get better is any indication, Brownlow talk could follow the star for sometime.

Despite monstering opponents with his 190cm, 90kg frame, he said there was still work to do.

�It�s a constant canvas of improvement,� he said.

�Consistency is key at AFL level and I try and prepare as well as I can physically and mentally against whichever opponent I come up against and that goes for our whole entire group.�

While relieved to escape suspension following a tripping charge that could have de-railed celebrations of the milestone in front of his home fans, he said he felt differently about the absence of Kangaroos skipper Andrew Swallow for the upcoming match.

�You want to see the best players playing and he�s a quality player and a quality person so whatever team comes in will pose a significant challenge,� he said.

�I think they�ve played really well against us in recent seasons so we�ll get to work studying them this afternoon and tomorrow and really look forward to a big challenge.�