Defender Ethan Hughes believes there is only one way to combat the logjam for selection in Fremantle’s backline.

Hughes played all of Fremantle’s 17 games in 2020 and missed only one game in 2019, but knows he needs to put in the hard yards to ensure he can lock in his place for round one.

Fremantle are set to see a number of players return from injury while new draftee Heath Chapman has also impressed in his first pre-season and will be pushing for selection.

“I’m absolutely getting to work over the next few weeks to put my hand up and be selected,” Hughes told The West Australian.

“But there’s a lot of other guys who are vying for positions as well. It’s a good position to be in for the club. We’ll leave the hard issues up to the coaches to pick the team.

“But if we’re all fit and firing by the time the season comes around, it’s going to be competitive for spots.”

The 26-year-old is yet to play a finals game and believes consistency will be the key for Fremantle in 2021.

“As we showed a bit last year, we’ve definitely got some good footy in us and it’s just a work in progress to be consistent for longer and throughout each game and each week,” he said.