Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has admitted his young Dockers might have to turn back the clock to tried and failed big man Matt Taberner.
Fremantle superstar Nathan Fyfe has finally agreed to terms on a lucrative new contract, ending speculation he could walk out as a free agent this year.
He will be released to Dockers alignment outfit and reigning WAFL premiers Peel Thunder for the first match of what is likely to be three outings ahead of what will be a highly anticipated AFL return.
The unprecedented uncertainty of an historic AFL season can be reflected in fluctuating fortunes of Fremantle Dockers veteran Nick Suban.
West Coast's hopes of a top-four finish have received a substantial boost with confirmation power forward Josh Kennedy has been cleared to make a comeback in Sunday's critical clash with Port Adelaide in Perth.
A potentially career ending hamstring injury to champion Fremantle big man Aaron Sandilands could ironically be a lifeline for ageing Dockers ruckman Jon Griffin.
There's been a glaring chance missed to expose emerging young talent to the furnace of AFL confrontation and a worrying demonstration of just what future campaigns might offer.
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has baulked at a guarantee that rising young star Sean Darcy will hold his Dockers starting berth, with a return of champion ruckman Aaron Sandilands for Sunday's clash with St Kilda in Perth.
Fremantle are poised for a major boost after a demoralising narrow loss to Geelong, with star midfielder Nathan Fyfe in line to resume against St Kilda in Perth on Sunday.
Powerhouse West Coast forward Josh Kennedy has suffered a setback in his comeback bid from a calf injury and looks certain to miss a blockbuster clash with Melbourne in Perth on Saturday.