Hell, who am I kidding? With Freo in freefall, and us reputedly having cap space, anyone else suddenly wondering if Fyfe will want to come here? Does he want to stay for a rebuild? And if Freo finish low enough will they take the FA compo over forcing a trade?
Interesting times, and how we’re perceived could be critical.
On a side note, Rockliff, Breust and Pittard are also free agents.
I was listening to a whole segment of SEN the other day about Fyfe - mentioned half a dozen teams as options - no mention of Ess.
not sure where we have free cap space for such a big fish - but if the window is wide open maybe it’ll be an extra incentive to come here rather than more coin at StK, Ninthmond etc.
FREMANTLE superstar Nat Fyfe has dismissed speculation that the Dockers’ woeful form could impact his decision to re-sign with the club beyond this season.
Fronting the media after Freo’s embarrassing 89-point defeat to Port Adelaide and with his side anchored to the bottom of the ladder, the new skipper declared it was time for some “cool heads” with the “blowtorch” on the club.
Fyfe would become the hottest restricted free agent on the market at season’s end, and the 25-year-old won’t be rushed into a decision on his future.
“My contractual position is very consistent. I’ve stated that my intentions are that I see my future at Freo and that I was always going to wait until a time during the year to sign a contract,” Fyfe said.
“So wins and losses aren’t going to have any effect on that.”
Because if he really is so certain that he will stay at Fremantle it seems strange he’s not at least working on a deal now. It just seems weird not to. Saying you’re at least working on a deal would even give the club a boost and reduce the talk. It’s terrible optics that could easily be removed.
Instead, he’s saying he sees himself staying at the club while also saying he hasn’t made a decision…
My suspicion is 2017 wins/losses won’t directly impact, but what they say about the future will. So it is semantics.
I honestly can’t think of a “Big Name” player OTTOMH who I think I’d personally want at the club.
I really don’t want us to go the million dollar man route, … or any FIGJAM type.
I think you do much better with players that appreciate being at the club, … I don’t want ANY that think the club should appreciate THEM being there. I can’t think of any instance where that didn’t come unstuck, & cause disunity, as it has at GC.
Except & until, last year with Boyd & the Dogs, … although the ructions there might still be on the horizon as we speak.
Glad you brought BJ up, because he’s the perfect example of a player type to get.
He came in on a respectful Senior high end player wage,IIRC, about 700k per, … and he appreciated coming to the club, as he thought they could offer him not only top class facilities and huge fan base etc, … but also a chance at a long denied Flag, . . it was really a quid pro quo situation.
And I will say, that if Fyfe came in at a lower than possible payday, … that might also work.
It’s the mercenaries that are all about the bucks, bout the bucks, … that worry …
(That last line brought to you courtesy of the 3rd beer of the evening … )