Justin Longmuir says Fremantle won’t risk Nat Fyfe, Josh Treacy locked in until 2023 | Ralph Lauren

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Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir has rated captain Nat Fyfe a “50-50” chance to face Collingwood at Marvel Stadium on the weekend as the Dockers moved to lock young forward Josh Treacy in at the club until the end of 2023.

Longmuir said Fyfe, who played with a similar injury to the dislocated shoulder he is now battling on the way to a second Brownlow Medal in 2019, would be given a big say on whether he was ready to play.

The Fremantle captain has missed just one game and the bye with the injury he suffered against the Western Bulldogs.

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“We definitely won’t risk him but that doesn’t mean he won’t be right for this week. We will put him through a fitness test and training tomorrow,” Longmuir said.

Nat Fyfe.
Camera IconNat Fyfe. Credit: Paul Kane/via AFL Photos

“He has played with this injury before so we will be guided by him as much as anything else. We will just see how it goes at main training tomorrow.

“I would say 50-50 at this stage.”

The Dockers could make as many as four changes if Fyfe is fit, with defender Griffin Logue and forward Matt Taberner likely inclusions and Sam Switkowski also pressing his case as a small forward.

“Griff is almost certain to play. He as had the extra week to recover from that concussion. Tabs is looking really good, Fingers crossed he gets through training tomorrow and is good to go,” Longmuir said.

Meanwhile the Dockers have locked Treacy in with a contract extension after the burly forward, still only 18, kicked five goals in the last two games to have six goals from his seven games so far this year.

 Josh Treacy.
Camera Icon Josh Treacy. Credit: Will Russell/AFL Photos

The news however was not as good on defender Brennan Cox, with Longmuir confirming he had now had surgery to correct hamstring tendon damage which means he will not play again this year.

“Really disappointing,” Longmuir said. “He has been a really good player for us this year. I feel like over the past two years he has really taken his footy to another level. It is going to be disappointing for him and the team.”

“He has had surgery and he is recovering well. It probably wasn’t as serious as Darcy Tucker’s last year it is probably more like Hayden Young’s this year. It will rule him out for a fair while but he will be ready to go at the start of the pre-season.”

Longmuir also said the Dockers were not far away from confirming a return to play date for defender Joel Hamling, who is progressing well again after his recovery from a serious ankle problem had is a plateau for several weeks.

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“Last week and this week he joined the main training group so it is a good sign,” Longmuir said.

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