Nat Fyfe was sporting a hint of a black eye, but it didn’t stop him sharing a laugh with his Dockers partner in crime during the club’s annual team photo.
Just days after starring in the club’s match simulation hit-out, which included flying for a ripping pack mark at full-forward, the Fremantle skipper fronted the shoot with noticeable bruising under his left eye.
While the timing for the picture wasn’t great, Fyfe looked right at home in his now usual spot alongside the coach as he prepares to begin his fifth season as captain.
Fyfe and Michael Walters shared some gags ahead of the shoot, with the pair looking relaxed as they loom large in Fremantle looking to return to the finals for the first time since 2015.
Fyfe of course isn’t the first WA skipper to be sporting a banged-up eye in front of the cameras.
Ben Cousins famously had a bruised right eye courtesy of a preliminary final knock when he won the 2005 Brownlow Medal as West Coast captain.
And John Worsfold famously showed off a cut underneath his right eye in the Eagles’ breakthrough 1992 premiership triumph.
The Dockers are expected to meet West Coast in a practice game at some point next week before the two clubs play their sole official pre-season clashes.
Fremantle will tackle Adelaide at Fremantle Oval on March 6, before West Coast host Port Adelaide at Leederville Oval the following day.