Pavlich to miss this weekend to play 350th in front of home fans

Fremantle Docker Matthew Pavlich will end his extraordinary playing career
Fremantle Docker Matthew Pavlich will end his extraordinary playing career

FREMANTLE champion Matthew Pavlich will play his 350th AFL game in front of his home fans at Subiaco Oval.

The former Dockers skipper missed the 24-point loss to Gold Coast at Carrara Stadium to be fresh for the match with Sydney this Sunday.

The six-time All-Australian said playing the milestone at home was the ideal scenario, adding it was unlikely he will play interstate again.

“There’s been speculation about the 350th and a few other things,” he said.

“The intention is to play 350 and then play out the season.”

Pavlich admitted he had considered pulling the pin after Fremantle’s poor start to the season.

A chat between himself, coach Ross Lyon and football manager Chris Bond convinced him to play on.

“It’s certainly not in my character to step out and check out but I said to them ‘is it time for some other younger kids to play and if that’s the case let’s shake hands and walk away’,” he said.

“Among us all we committed to a plan and we’re going to stick to that and that’s certainly to see the season out.”

n Michael Barlow has been ruled out for the remainder of the year after injuring his left shoulder in in the clash with Geelong.