Fremantle duo close on return

26 February 2021 15:42:11 GMTPlus10

Fremantle duo Sean Darcy and Matt Taberner are stepping up their return to full fitness but will sit out Saturday's practice match against West Coast.

The defensive duo have been on the sidelines with long-term injuries and although there is light at the end of the tunnel, the Eagles clash will come too soon.

Darcy picked up a knee injury in pre-season while Taberner has been nursing a quad issue and Fremantle general manager of football operations and performance Joe Brierty says they are happy with their progress.

"Sean is progressing really well with a running program and intro to footy next week," Brierty told SportFM.

"We’re really happy with how he’s gone so far, it was obviously disappointing for Sean to have that knee injury a few weeks back but he’s been meticulous in his reconditioning program and everything is progressing well at this stage planning for him to be available for round one."

With Taberner still on the sidelines, it does present an opportunity for draftee Josh Treacy and the Dockers faithful will get the chance to check him out at the weekend.

Brierty has been singing the praises of Treacy and Fremantle could have another exciting youngster on their hands.

"He’s really impressed across the pre-season. Obviously he was a late pick in the rookie draft but from a needs perspective, he gives us some flexibility in our forward half," Brierty added.

"He’s a real competitor with his attack on the footy and he really crashes the pack and gives our forwards a chance when it hits the ground.

"He’s really impressed so far and he’s going to have his opportunity over the next couple weeks in a couple pre-season fixtures. He’s been really impressive."

The Dockers are priced at 40/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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