Speaking during his Wednesday morning media conference Longmuir said the Club could potentially give young bull Hayden Young the matchup against the formidable Marcus Bontempelli in Saturday's clash with the Bulldogs.

“We’ve done it spasmodically (apply a tagging role) throughout the year with the right matchups,” Longmuir said.

“Youngy is our man for that, I feel like he can nullify the opposition or quell the opposition's influence at times and then win a bit of the ball himself.


“He’s got a good balance in his game, whether that’s against Bont this week or if we just go head-to-head, we haven’t really worked out yet.”

The last time Fremantle faced the Bulldogs in round 7 this year, the Club had a successful outing in winning the midfield matchup.

Clearances were won 47-30 in Fremantle’s favour, and while Bontempelli gathered 27 disposals, his influence and impact on the game was noticeably lower than usual.

“There is always a balance in bringing our strengths and understanding what the opposition is going to bring,” Longmuir said.

“We understand that we had a pretty good result against the Dogs last time at stoppage, so we expect they may bring something different… but also understand what works for us and where we need to go.”


Following the Club’s round 13 bye, Longmuir said the playing group would realign themselves to focus on the task at hand and not overlook the Bulldogs.

“Sometimes over the bye you can think bigger picture and sometimes get a little bit ahead of yourself in terms of the end of the season,” Longmuir said.

“Just making sure we are really focused on what’s important, getting back to what got us into this position, and making sure we are really focused on what makes us play well.

“They (the Bulldogs) are in really good form and I’m not buying some of the narrative around them (in the media)."