Longmuir keen to reward Dockers faithful

26 December 2020 20:14:50 GMTPlus11

Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir says his number one goal is to reward the long-suffering Dockers supporters who have stuck with the club through thick and thin.

The Dockers have managed to make it to a grand final, but they have yet to win one in their short AFL history, and Longmuir is keen to put that right.

Longmuir has a strong connection to Fremantle having pulled on the purple jersey as a player and he knows what it would mean to the members to win a flag.

Longmuir heads into his second season as head coach, having replaced Ross Lyon, and he admits the pressure is on to deliver.

"I’m mindful that we’re in a hurry as a footy club, I’m mindful of the lack of success for this footy club," he said when speaking on the Greats with Garby podcast.

"A large burden that I carry is that I want our members to be really proud, I want our members to enjoy some success.

"We’ve got a passionate supporter group that has stuck with us for a long time and I really want to reward them. I’ve just got to check myself when I start thinking like that."

Longmuir has brought new ideas to the Dockers and there were signs of it starting to pay off in a much-improved 2020 AFL campaign.

Now the aim is to continue the good work and be in the mix at the top end of the ladder for years to come.

"Our goal is to have a sustained successful period," he added. “If we can do that, we’ll win a lot of games in a lot of consecutive years, the premierships will hopefully come.

"(Goals) give you direction … but I try to spend a lot more time on the process, spend a lot more time getting every day right, making sure our players have that attitude where they rock up to work and try and get better every day."

The Dockers are priced at 50/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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