Acres bow comes against former club

09 July 2020 19:32:51 GMTPlus10

Blake Acres has been able to give Fremantle some insights into Saturday's opponents St Kilda, ahead of what will be his debut for the Dockers.

Having played 75 games for the Saints before being traded at the end of last season, Acres has timed his bow to perfection.

The 24-year-old midfielder comes into the side for the Metricon Stadium clash with Brett Ratten's in-form team.

His selection was confirmed by coach Justin Longmuir, after he impressed in Fremantle's reserves game against Gold Coast last weekend.

"He will play his first game for the club. He was disappointed not to be in last week but that's the sort of competitor he is," said Longmuir of the player who booted 29 goals for the Saints.

"From day one we tried to settle him down on the wing and make him a one position player. That's what he wanted and that's what we wanted too. Rather than throwing him around in different positions."

The coach said Acres had been able to give the playing group some inside knowledge about St Kilda, following his six seasons with the club.

"He's provided a few insights into some of (St Kilda's) players and the way they go about it...he knows a lot of their players well," he added.

Skipper Nat Fyfe should be able to return after a week out with a hamstring injury.

He and defender Brennan Cox were seeking to prove their fitness during Thursday's training session.

Speaking of Fyfe, Longmuir said: "It's always good to get players back in, especially when it's a two-time Brownlow medallist.

"The medical staff have done a great job and Nat has done a great job with his recovery. It clearly wasn't a serious injury, so if he's right to go we will welcome him back."

Fremantle areĀ 9/5 to win their next game against St Kilda, who are 47/100.

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