The Freemantle Football Club is taking a less-is-more approach, exposing its star, 2015 Brownlow Medalist Nat Fyfe gradually as he recovers from surgery to repair the fractured leg he suffered last season and therapy to deal with the bulging disc that has plagued his back.
Fyfe only recently returned to full scale training, and while he has not been ruled out from making a limited appearance in the club’s first outing Friday in the NAB Challenge, a more realistic expectation will see him eased into the pre-season later on with the goal of having him ready for round 1 is weeks from now.
It was doubtless the most difficult off-season the young Docker has endured, but he did look good in an intra-club hit out, where he worked toward returning to a full schedule of midfield work. The Dockers plan to feature him more in an attacking role.
Operation manager Chris Bond reported that Fyfe’s back is pain free, but doctors have indicated that the bulging disc is a chronic issue that could trouble Fyfe for the rest of his life.
Bookmakers think Fyfe’s prospects of winning a consecutive Charlie are good as are the Dockers’ prospects for the upcoming season, which is something of a departure from typical Brownlow history that often sees the award going to clubs low on the ladder.