Fyfe not surprised by All-Australian snub

Aug 28, 2017 - 4:51 AM Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe insists he's not surprised by his All-Australian snub, saying he had a "wishy-washy" AFL season.

No Dockers were named in the extended 40-man All-Australian squad that was released on Monday.

Fyfe missed most of last season with a broken leg and he struggled to recapture his top form in the early part of this year.

But he made a barnstorming finish to the season, stringing together a glut of golden performances in the final eight rounds.

However, it wasn't enough to get the 2015 Brownlow medallist into the extended All-Australian squad and Fyfe insists he doesn't have any qualms about the snub.

"Definitely not unlucky at all. I've had a wishy-washy year," Fyfe said.

"I missed 12 months, and that was enough to put me back amongst the pack.

"But I'm starting to figure out what I'm capable of again. The last eight to 10 games I've figured out how to play footy again, and understand my body, and know what's required."

Fremantle veteran Michael Walters looked a certainty for All-Australian selection before suffering a season-ending knee injury in round 18.

The Dockers ended the season with eight wins - up from four last year.

But three defeats by 100 points or more left some big question marks about whether Fremantle's four-draft rebuild was on track.

Fyfe is optimistic about what lies ahead, especially after seeing a raft of promising youngsters come through the ranks.

Fremantle handed debuts to seven players this season, with ruckman Sean Darcy, swingman Brennan Cox, defender Luke Ryan and backman Griffin Logue among the best.

"It was a bit of a rollercoaster with the early wins and then some late, terrible losses," Fyfe said.

"But as a whole, I think we have definitely moved forward.

"We've got a plan over a number of years which we've committed to. We're all on that journey at the moment.

"There's going to be some ups and downs. We understand that."

Fremantle are still in desperate need of an out-and-out power forward, but it remains to be seen whether they can lure one their way during the trade period.

Adelaide's Mitch McGovern is reportedly considering a big-money switch to Fremantle.

Fyfe thinks Fremantle already possess the bulk of the list that can take the club to future success, but he wouldn't mind seeing a bit of "fruit on the side" added over the summer.

Meanwhile, vision has emerged of a young Dockers fan being snubbed by Fremantle players when he went to hi-five his heroes before Sunday's 15-point loss to Essendon.

Fyfe said he didn't see the young fan, and he promised the club would make it up to him if he or his mum made contact with Fremantle.

Source: AAP

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