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Nat Fyfe and David Mundy have long played a part of a stable core in Fremantle’s midfield.
And the duo could be joined by a handful of young Freo Dockers in 2020, with a number putting their hands up for a run through the middle.
In a media conference on Monday, 19-year-old Andy Brayshaw said he felt both he and 20-year-old Adam Cerra would be ready to make the step up.
After playing all 22 of Fremantle games in 2019, 23-year-old Darcy Tucker also feels ready for the role.
“I want to be fit and available come round one,” Tucker said.
“I want to get the body right and build a good fitness base so I can get a lot stronger and, hopefully, work on my midfield craft as well to scrape into the midfield next year.”
Fremantle’s first to fourth year players commenced their pre-season on Monday with the remainder of the group set to return in a fortnight on Monday 18 November.
Tucker said the next two weeks were highly important with Fremantle having one of the youngest lists in the AFL.
“It’s awesome to be back,” Tucker said.
“I had a good couple of months off but we’re all refreshed and ready to go physically and mentally. It was a good session out there today and good to kick the footy again.
“We think this group is the core group of players that have a lot of growth ahead of us.
“We’re ready to get stuck into it and get a good couple of weeks into it before the main group is back.”
Tucker said that Fremantle’s focus throughout the summer would be on fitness and skills.
“We’ve got a really high skill focus this year,” Tucker said.
“Obviously we want to get fitter over the pre-season but we want to have extra skill sessions and skill development, both individually and as a team.
“That’s a big focus for us, we want to be fit and available over the pre-season and improve on our skills and footwork.”