Longmuir opens up on Fyfe plans

02 March 2021 12:00:12 GMTPlus10

Fremantle head coach Justin Longmuir has suggested Nat Fyfe will continue with his transition into a forward/midfielder in the 2021 AFL season.

The Dockers coach believes the more time Fyfe spends playing forward the better it will be for his side, but much depends on his young midfielders stepping up.

The 29-year-old impressed in the centre square during Saturday's practice match against West Coast, but Longmuir would love him to be able to play forward.

That however depends on the Freo young guns being able to secure the centre square in Fyfe's absence.

"I think we're a better team when he's forward, when we're getting the ball inside forward 50," Longmuir told AFL.com.au. "(But) there's no point having him forward when we're not getting it there.

"We know over the last 10-12 years that he helps get the ball in there with his work around stoppage and centre bounce in particular.

"That's the balance we need to find. There's no point having him in the forward line if we're not getting it there enough."

As for exactly how much time Fyfe will spend playing forward, Longmuir says it is impossible to put a figure on it for now.

"He'll split his time, but it's impossible to put a percentage on how much time he'll play forward," Longmuir said. "Sometimes he'll be in there on a needs basis, sometimes it'll be up to him on how he's feeling.

"I've said it many times before, he's got some attributes to be really dangerous forward. Someone who can mark it overhead, in a pack, on the lead, win the ball at ground level, evade tackles, he's a really dangerous match-up but he's also one of the best midfielders in the comp.

"We need to make sure we find the right balance."

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