Two-time premiership Eagle Glen Jakovich has revealed the one glaring issue with Fremantle’s premiership chances in 2021 – who rucks without Sean Darcy?
Speaking on Sportsday WA, Jakovich said the Dockers were too reliant on Darcy and his ability to stay fit, given their other option was to take big man Rory Lobb from the forward set-up.
“He’s so pivotal to their successes,” Jakovich said.
“Who’s the backup ruckman? It’s Rory Lobb.
“(Darcy’s) just so important for Fremantle.”
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But in a massive blow for the young ruckman, his pre-season has again been cut short due to injury.
The Dockers confirmed the 22-year-old suffered ligament damage to his left knee at training last week and will spend up to a month in a brace.
Whether that leaves enough time to get back on track and physically prepared for round one remains unknown.
Jakovich said the fact Darcy continued to be sidelined through injury was a massive concern for the Dockers, and something that needed to be addressed.
“I reckon he’s a very good tap ruckman, (but) I think he needs to work on his aerobic work around the ground, which I think he will develop. He’s only a baby. He’s still a pup,” he said.
“He hasn’t hit his mature stages as a ruckman.
“(Retired Dockers great) Aaron Sandilands was the same, and then he became one of the best movers around the ground for his size.
“Sandilands in his first three or four years wasn’t covering the ground anywhere near (Eagles rival) Dean Cox, he’d run him around ragged.
“But then (Sandilands) worked and found a way through hard work, perseverance and building his body.
“That’s what Sean Darcy needs to do.
“He needs to build his body, but if he’s in the rehab room all the time, it’s a little bit concerning.”