Fyfe to captain Dockers for second season
SUPERSTAR Nat Fyfe will captain Fremantle for a second season after being appointed to the role for the 2018 season.
Fyfe will lead a seven-man leadership group, up from six last year, with best and fairest winner Bradley Hill and defender Alex Pearce the new faces.
The trio join David Mundy, Aaron Sandilands, Lachie Neale and Michael Walters in making up the leadership group for this season.
Veteran defender Lee Spurr is the only leader from last year not be named in the group for 2018.
Fyfe made an impressive start to his year on Sunday with a brilliant display against Adelaide in the Dockers' first JLT Series hitout and coach Ross Lyon has backed his skipper to recapture his Brownlow-winning form.
The 26-year-old said he's happy to see Hill, 24, and Pearce, 22, recognised.
"Both these guys have grown enormously over the past couple of years in their leadership capabilities and skills," Fyfe said. "They will add a lot."
Fyfe turned his back on free agency offers last year to remain at Fremantle, signing a mega six-year deal until the end of 2023.
Hill enjoyed one of his best seasons individually last year, winning the Doig Medal in his first year as a Docker after crossing from Hawthorn.
Despite being a triple premiership player already, Hill was surprised at his selection in the leadership group.
"To be honest, I wasn't really expecting it," the former Hawk said.
"Obviously, I've only been here for one season and to hear that all the players rate me highly around the place, I'm glad to be a part of it.
"Hopefully, I can put in a lot to this leadership group and help the young players grow and help this team grow into a successful team."
Pearce is the most surprising addition. He has played just 21 career games and played his first match back after more than a year on the sidelines with a broken leg last Sunday.
"It means a lot to get voted in by your peers," the defender said.
"I've been lucky enough to be at the club for a while now and learn from the leaders who have gone before, so I'm just hoping that I can do the club proud."
Fremantle will face West Coast in their final tune up for Round 1 on March 11 in Joondalup.