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Back six building something special: Hamling

Switkowski and Hamling re-sign Sam Switkowski and Joel Hamling have both extended their contracts at Freo.

Fremantle defender Joel Hamling said his excitement around Freo’s backline was a key driver in his decision to sign a four-year extension with the club.

Hamling is locked-in as a Freo Docker until at least the end of the 2023 season after signing for an extra four years on top of his contract for 2019.

At 25, the Fremantle leader is one of the backline's most experienced, heading a defence that includes young talent such as Alex Pearce, 23, Luke Ryan, 23, Nathan Wilson, 26, Griffin Logue, 21 and Taylin Duman, 20.

“We’ve had around two to three years together as a group and we’re really starting to build something,” Hamling said.

“We have sat down and spoke as a group about being around for the long term and really building something as a back six.

“We really want to really work on something together and achieve our goal, which is to get back into the finals and play consistent football.”

Hamling said it’s not just Fremantle’s defence showing promise.

“In our midfield, we have Adam Cerra and Andy Brayshaw with Nat Fyfe leading that, it’s really exciting,” Hamling said.

“Also, in the forward line with Jesse Hogan, Rory Lobb and these sort of guys who have come into the club now, it’s really good for us.”

Hamling was voted into Fremantle leadership group in January and has relished the opportunity. 

“I’m really enjoying my role,” Hamling said. 

“Nothing drastic has changed. I get along with all the players and we’re trying to influence the guys and drive the standards and look to getting us back to where we belong.”

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