Though his side have missed the finals in consecutive seasons, coach Ross Lyon says he's happy at the way the rebuild is going at Fremantle.
The 51-year-old has never previously experienced as a coach failure to make the top eight in back-to-back campaigns.
But he insists he's buoyed by the progress made by the Dockers' developing squad.
I'm finding it as enjoyable a time as I've experienced in AFL football.Ross Lyon
Lyon says he's enjoyed teaching the players and finds it less stressful because everyone at the club understands the rebuilding process.
"I'd argue we had to really educate, including a lot of people who'd been around for a long period of time," added the coach.
"History tells you what lays ahead and we're just trying to speed it up. I'm finding it as enjoyable a time as I've experienced in AFL football."
Lyon reckons the recruitment of former Greater Western Sydney defender Nathan Wilson will be a positive step.
"We just want Nathan to do what he does - run, take it on and kick with penetration - and I think he'll do it really well for us," he said.
"We've been a bit stagnant with the ball and we'd like to get away from that and get our backs running and joining in like they did (early last year), and Nathan should help us in that area."
Lyon's been impressed with the pre-season work done by top draftees Andrew Brayshaw (pick No.2) and Adam Cerra (No.5), who remain in contention to make their AFL debuts in round one.
Versatile tall Alex Pearce, 22, will be back in the mix after missing a season-and-a-half with leg problems.
Fremantle are 4500/1 to win the Grand Final.
The Dockers are 500/1 to finish in the top eight.
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