Fremantle could be set for another selection crunch after the bye, and once again, versatile tall Griffin Logue is at the centre of it.
Logue is one of a number of Fremantle players having a career-best season in 2022. He has been especially useful to Senior Coach Justin Longmuir with the ability to play tall and small down back, and more recently, having an impact as a tall forward.
While the 24-year-old didn’t kick a major against Hawthorn in round 13, his contest led to a number of Fremantle scores in their 13-point win with two goal assists and seven score involvements.
It means Longmuir is looking to find a way to keep Logue in the forward line, even with the potential return of key forward Matt Taberner for Freo's clash in round 15 against Carlton after the bye.
“We have a couple of weeks to work that out. I thought Griff in the first half found out how hard it is to be a forward, playing on a really good defender in James Sicily,” Longmuir said.
“He was one of the players after half-time that was able to give us a really strong contest, took some important marks, halved some important contests.
“He had a couple of opportunities in the last quarter where he was going to really show his speed, but lost his footing but I thought his second half was really strong.
“He is a flexible player for us down forward. He is able to put good pressure on and his ground ball is pretty strong as well.
“I still think he can play a role for us up forward when ‘Tabs’ comes back.”
Longmuir was also asked about Fremantle’s depth in the midfield, specifically around whether the return of Nat Fyfe led to fellow big bodied mid Will Brodie having a reduced impact with 22 disposals.
While Brodie had less than his season average of 28 disposals, he provided significant pressure and led all players with eight tackles.
“I don’t think Will’s role changed much, he just had a game where he didn’t impact as much as he has,” Longmuir said.
“I think we had a lot of players that didn’t impact the game the way they would have liked to.
“I thought some of the players who had a down first half actually lifted in the second half, and that is a good sign.”