Nathan Wilson is hopeful of making rapid progress on the comeback trail from a toe injury, getting through a full session in his return to training on Wednesday.
The defender was one of three key Fremantle players who made their first main training appearance for 2020, joined by Alex Pearce and David Mundy as returnees for the session.
The club said on Wednesday afternoon it expected all three to push for senior selection by round four or five.
“It was a big morning out on the track with the boys for the first time this year,” Wilson said.
“It’s good to be back with Moose (Pearce) and Barra (Mundy), get back out there and kick the footy around with the boys. It’s been a long hard summer, so it was great.”
There was no need for gradual introductions back into the main group, with the trio all taking part in the full session.
Wilson said all three benefited from working hard on their strength and fitness as they rehabilitated from injury.
“We were all in for the whole session and we can hopefully, progress from here,” Wilson said.
“It was tough but we’re still working pretty hard in rehab, in the cross room, boxing, running laps and 150 metre sprints.
“It’s not like we’re too far behind. I was blowing a little bit but it was good.”
While Wilson will be a quality addition to Fremantle’s backline as he looks to return early in the season, he believes his fellow backs have him covered in his absence.
“The boys have done well, I think the first game in Mandurah (against Carlton) they had lapses but I thought on the weekend (against West Coast) the backs held up pretty well,” Wilson said.
“I think they won us the game to be honest.
“The likes of Griffin Logue have come through as people have been talking about.
“Obviously we don’t have many talls at the moment and Brennan Cox has done really well to adjust as a defender. He trained with the backs in pre-season so he understands what’s going on.
“Hopefully, they recover well and we’ll be ready for round one.”
A father to one-year-old son Jayce, Wilson said he’s forming a close bond with fellow defender Taylin Duman, who recently became a father.
“My partner and his partner are really close and they catch up regularly,” Wilson said.
“It’s good to see everyone get around Tay and his partner and his baby as well as my son Jayce. We want to make it a family club.”