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Fyfe gearing up to play "attacking style"

Travis King - afl.com.au  January 18, 2018 11:40 AM

Nat Fyfe addressed the media on Wednesday.

Fremantle’s Nat Fyfe is gearing up to return to play his best footy again by playing an "attacking style" in 2018.

Fyfe has suggested that being stationed one-out inside 50 could be more of an option for the upcoming season.

In a rebuilding side the Freo skipper – who showed flashes of his former dominance late last season – looms as a dangerous, contested-marking option.

"I wouldn't say I've put my hand up, but certainly I'm preparing myself to play that more attacking style of play – I think it suits my game," Fyfe said on Wednesday.

"I've come off a year of getting to know my body again after two broken legs.

"I feel a lot more confident in my body and what I can achieve.

"So if I play more in the front half, and help Shane Kersten and Cam McCarthy out, it could be an added weapon."

While Fyfe could "potentially" see himself prowling solo inside 50 next season, that scenario depends on others covering his absence in the midfield.   

"I've been trying to spend as much time forward as I can in training," he said. 

"But, again, we'll just have to see how the flow of our midfield works.

"We're not sure exactly who our starting six will be in midfield, so if I'm needed in there then I'll spend a lot of time in there.

"But if I can get forward, then I will."

Fyfe and the Freo Dockers were put through their paces in competitive match simulation at their Cockburn headquarters on Wednesday, with No.2 draft pick Andrew Brayshaw impressing with his tenacity and work rate. 

During one passage, Brayshaw turned over a kick but quickly made amends by chasing down Cam Sutcliffe moments later, earning his teammates' applause. 

"I think what's stood out with Andy and all our first-years is their willingness to learn," Fyfe said.

"We've brought in some great characters and Andy comes from sporting personnel, and obviously a bit of AFL background in his system. 

"So these guys all want to learn quickly, adapt to our culture and really bring a lot to Fremantle. 

"The good thing about Andy is he's already indicated he wants to play a lot of footy for a number of years at Fremantle, which is exciting for a player like me to know these guys are going to be around for the best part of a decade."

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