Justin Longmuir is open to sending Griffin Logue forward again after the athletic backman played as a surprise member of Freo’s forwardline in a 38-point win against Narrm (Melbourne) on Saturday at the MCG.
The 24-year-old has been a victim of Fremantle’s depth at times this season with Longmuir reluctant to play three talls down back in Logue, Alex Perace and Brennan Cox.
Instead, Logue filled a need up forward to create some chaos for Melbourne’s elite defence.
“I think he has been a very good back for us and I thought our backs were able to hold up without him down there,” Longmuir said.
“I thought he offered something as a forward. The amount of goals he had a hand in just by creating a contest, because he is so strong, and he created a couple shots on goal himself.
“I thought he did a couple of chases and pressure acts that were really important as well and if you play three talls (up forward) you need to make sure you keep putting the pressure on.”
Longmuir said Logue may go forward again depending on matchups and the conditions.
“It’s probably a little bit of horses for courses but I think tonight against (the Demons) backline it worked,” Longmuir said.
Longmuir admitted that Fremantle’s forwards play with more confidence in fine conditions after struggling to have an impact in the wet against Gold Coast and Collingwood – scoring just 77 points combined in those games.
The forwards returned to form with 94 points against Narrm, led by four goals from Lachie Schultz.
“We’ve been able to hit the scoreboard regularly and I think our scoring ability has improved this season,” Longmuir said.
“In the last couple of weeks in the conditions that took a bit of a dent and our confidence took a bit of a dent as well.
“We’ve been able to mark the ball inside 50m and score and we’ve been able to score off better possession gains and we look really dangerous at ground level. I feel we got back to what we do best tonight.”