Fremantle Senior Coach Justin Longmuir says his players are building a solid pre-Christmas foundation and are ready to launch into 2024.

Speaking two days before the Club’s final training session of 2023, Longmuir has praised the fitness and determination of the entire squad.

“We’re really pleased with the intensity at training,” Longmuir told Radio 6PR Wide World of Sports.

“We’ve done similar loading to what we’ve done in previous years, but the intensity has gone to another level and that will hold us in good stead with our execution.

“We’ve built a good platform and that’s all you can do prior to Christmas, build a solid foundation that you can launch off in Jan and Feb so we’ve ticked that box.”

Fremantle return to training on January 11 with sights set on a round 1 Optus Stadium clash with 2023 grand finalists Brisbane on Sunday 17 March.

“We just want to get our footy looking how we want it from the start,” said Longmuir.

“There’s a lot of work to do before we hit round 1, but I’m really confident we’re going to approach it in the right way and the Freo faithful will see a brand of footy that they’re proud of. One that we can build upon from round 1.

"You’ll see a more consistent Freo next year.”

- Justin Longmuir

Longmuir is also confident Sean Darcy and Luke Jackson can continue to build on their ruck craft together after Darcy signed a six-year contract extension tying him to Fremantle until 2030.

“I think Sean’s one of the best ruckmen in the competition when he’s up fit and firing,” said Longmuir.

“He’s a really important cog - on and off the field - for our list build and our team going forward.

“I thought they really grew into it last year. Luke (Jackson) provides us with a lot of flexibility.

“We think we can really maximise that duo and I think those two will form a real vital part of our core going forward so looking forward to what they can deliver.”