Caleb Serong isn’t mincing his words this pre-season, he wants to help deliver a premiership to Fremantle.

The young gun midfielder believes the hunger and talent is there, but stressed he and his teammates had to stay ‘driven’ and not have the ‘expectations’ that the improvement will come naturally.

The 20-year-old, who has won a slew of accolades including the 2020 NAB AFL Rising Star, the 2021 AFLCA Best Young Player and the 2021 AFL Goal of the Year, said he only has eyes on the ultimate prize.

“I’m fully and solely focused on bringing a flag to the Dockers and I think a lot of the guys are in the same boat,” Serong said.

“We’ve got a really driven young group and all we want to do is play finals and win flags for the Fremantle family. I think we’re on track to do that at the moment, but for us, we’re just focusing on the preseason right now and getting the most out of every single session, which will set us up for next year.”

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'I'm fully focused on bringing a flag to Fremantle' | Caleb Serong

Caleb Serong spoke to WA media today as Fremantle began pre-season preparations ahead of the 2022 season.

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Serong is going into the season with high expectations, looking for success ‘straight away’.

“We’re not just thinking we’re going to have that gradual progression and growth, we’re really keen to just do it straight away,” Serong said.

“We’ve got a really driven young group that want success fast, so for us, our expectations are to try and play finals next year.

“Everyone at this point of the year is expecting and wanting to play finals but we feel like it’s a realistic possibility in our progression for next year.”

36 games into his AFL career, Serong said he feels comfortable with his role and place in the Fremantle 22 and is prioritising what can make the team better as a whole.

“I feel like I’ve got a really good fitness base now. I just had a really good block, probably the last month and  a half and really got into it, ran hard, trained with the boys and I’m feeling really strong and fit,” Serong said.

“I’ve had some really good focuses over the off-season about fitness and strength and I’m trying to lean down a little bit.

“Personally, I’m really turning to the team now, I feel like I’m really comfortable with the Club and where we’re going but I feel like we can really take a big step quickly and that’s where we want to go as a group. Play finals and win a flag.”

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The boys are back!

Fremantle's 1-4 year players hit the ground running as they returned from the off-season with a time trial followed by a hard training session.

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