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Freo to ‘double down’ on youth

Ross Lyon has declared it is time for Fremantle to "double down" on its rebuild and promote more youth

9:38pm  May 27, 2018

Sandi to be monitored for Pies clash

Ross Lyon said the club won't take any risks with the ruckman's concussion

3:35pm  May 27, 2018

Hamling stands tall

An impressive defensive performance from Joel Hamling has allowed Freo to take some positives from Sunday's loss

3:34pm  May 27, 2018

Sandi sets big goals for 2018

Travis King, afl.com.au  January 29, 2018 2:50 PM

Aaron Sandilands spoke to DockerTV on Monday morning.

Veteran Fremantle big man Aaron Sandilands has no intention of sitting out matches in what could be his final campaign, declaring he wants to play "every game" after an injury-interrupted past two seasons.

Sandilands has only played 15 games in two years after suffering broken ribs early in 2016 and then battling hamstring issues last campaign. 

But the 211cm ruck has had an encouraging pre-season to date and is keen to play regularly for the rebuilding Dockers.

"I'm here to put my hand up for every game pretty much," Sandilands said. 

"Obviously I had a disappointing last couple of years not being able to be out on the park as much as I would've liked.

"You don’t go through a whole pre-season to only play 15 games – I'm pretty keen to play as many as I can."

The 35-year-old ripped his hamstring tendon in round 15 last year, during the first quarter of his only game alongside Sean Darcy, and his protégé grew admirably into the No.1 ruck role in his absence.

Whether the duo can regularly fit in the same side remains to be seen, but trimmed-down Darcy has worked on his forward craft over summer in a bid to become more versatile.

"If we are both in the same side obviously we're going to have to spend some time up forward," Sandilands said. 

"You work on those things over pre-season, so hopefully at some point we'll get a chance and make it work." 

Darcy was part of the Dockers' main training group early in Monday morning's session after battling a calf issue in recent weeks.

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