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Off-contract Nat Fyfe open to leaving Dockers

Nathan Fyfe avoids an attempted tackle by Geelong's Cameron Guthrie.

Nathan Fyfe avoids an attempted tackle by Geelong's Cameron Guthrie. Photo: Getty Images

Dubbed the man most likely to be the AFL’s best midfielder of the next decade, Fremantle star Nat Fyfe is enjoying playing ‘‘under the pump’’ this season as he pursues a lucrative new contract, and is open to shifting to another club.

Fyfe, 22, is arguably the most prized off-contract player this season but he and his manager, Jason Dover, of Stride Management, have opted to wait to open contract negotiations. 

The Dockers have offered the elite midfielder a lucrative deal but Dover suggested it did not meet expectations. He would not divulge contract details but it’s clear the Dockers have work to do to retain their reigning best and fairest winner.

‘‘It wasn’t unreasonable but it wasn’t where I saw him,’’ Dover said of Fremantle's offer on Monday. ‘‘They would like to have done something six or 12 months ago ... right now he is confident of playing well under the pump and with a sense of urgency.

‘‘Every club I bet would like to have Nathan Fyfe on their list. But I haven’t had discussions with other clubs.’’

Dover said he had not debated the Dockers’ initial offer with the club nor suggested a counter-offer.  Asked if West Australian-born Fyfe was open to shifting interstate, he said: "You never say never.''

Dover said he and Fyfe had technically not put talks on hold, ‘‘because we haven’t started yet’’, and the decision to delay negotiations was not strategic. He said discussions would only begin when Fyfe was ready.

Fyfe could command about $800,000 a season - if not more - in a four- or five-year deal to remain with the Dockers. He polled a career-high 18 Brownlow Medal votes last season. 

It’s understood the Dockers are keen to secure new deals for Fyfe and fellow midfielder David Mundy before turning their attention to Matt de Boer, another off-contract player.

Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich, who played his 300th match at the weekend, is also off-contract this season and is expected to play on next year.

31 comments so far

  • If he's wise he'll leave the dockers, because in a short AFL career, he'll never make his capable worth at the dockers.

    Date and time
    May 20, 2014, 12:06PM
    • in what sense? team success or marketing? from a team success point of view, they're in the premiership window and from a marketing point of view, a gun player in a 2 team town - he'd make more than he would anywhere else.

      But in any case, after seeing him first hand against Port the other week, Freo wouldn't want to let this drag for too long as he is an absolute gun. I'd say Fyfe would definitely be open to leaving - who wouldn't for an extra +$100k per season?!?

      Date and time
      May 21, 2014, 2:05PM
  • With Buddy gone, the Hawks have room in their Salary Cap. Be a nice addition to our midfield...

    FT Gully
    Date and time
    May 20, 2014, 12:25PM
    • Don't be greedy

      Go Blues
      Date and time
      May 20, 2014, 2:24PM
    • Correct, due to Buddy leaving all players had their contracts front ended to make room for such a player as Fyfe. He was already rumoured to have been looking at the Hawks last year.

      Date and time
      May 20, 2014, 5:59PM
    • I agree with Matt - Nat Fyfe would top off the Hawks nicely & I suspect we could fit him in to the salary cap. But I doubt that he's going anywhere. Think the manager is just making Fremantle sweat. As a gun player, at home in WA playing for a team with a flag chance, I think he'll stay put.

      McKinnon, Vic
      Date and time
      May 20, 2014, 7:44PM
  • This guy could easily make $900k to $1.1million per year plus bonuses.
    Gold Coast & GWS ripe to snare him & Fyfe would have to look at it. Even the best player in the league Gary Ablett could not resist. And he is set for life now.
    A bloke like Fyfe could shape GWS like Ablett has shaped Gold Coast.

    Unless of course the AFL's love child Sydney get another leg up. Remember the Swans are the welfare priority sector of the AFL now. Gotta keep them popular in Rugby territory.

    Date and time
    May 20, 2014, 1:08PM
    • Well done, you managed to slip in your ignorant comment about sydney in an article that isn't even relevant. I'm not denying that the AFL loves sydney being a winner but for you to comment saying the AFL can take credit for our financial success is not on. Take your green envy elsewhere while I sit back and watch my team win it again this year, because they were a champion team well before Tippett and Franklin came along.

      Date and time
      May 20, 2014, 2:11PM
    • You do realise GWS and Gold Coast have a salary cap. Who would they let go for him?

      Go Blues
      Date and time
      May 20, 2014, 2:26PM
    • Hey Phil, what would be the chances of any other club in the AFL snaring two players like Tippet and the Franklin ?? It is laughable your so naïve. Probably very convenient for you.

      Date and time
      May 20, 2014, 4:26PM

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