Fremantle has added more attacking options for 2014

Fremantle has added more attacking options for 2014

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon looks likely to be spoilt for attacking options this season.

There was no lack of forward running players at Patersons Stadium on Tuesday night as the Dockers played an intraclub practice match in front of a healthy crowd of supporters.

Running man: David Mundy breaks clear during the Dockers' intraclub match on Tuesday.

Running man: David Mundy breaks clear during the Dockers' intraclub match on Tuesday.

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Three of their top five goal-scorers from 2013 - Michael Walters, Hayden Ballantyne and Nathan Fyfe - looked in terrific touch at this stage of the pre-season.

Chris Mayne, who is still overcoming niggling injuries, didn't play, along with Zac Clarke and Tendai Mzungu, and captain Matthew Pavlich looked a bit scratchy in the opening half (but who doesn't struggle when a fit Luke McPharlin is wearing you like a glove)?

Pavlich looked a lot better in the second half when McPharlin swapped jumpers and the pair were playing for the same team.


Stephen Hill also got better the longer the game went on.

Walters looks in terrific condition and spent some time in midfield where Aaron Sandilands dominated and Fyfe and David Mundy enjoyed the fruits of the giant ruckman's labour. Ryan Crowley didn't play because he was coming off a shortened week of training (but even the competition's best tagger would have found it tough keeping any of Fyfe, Mundy and Hill quiet.

Max Duffy and Hayden Crozier stood out in the first half from the list of players who have yet to cement their places in the side. Both worked hard in the midfield and earned shots on goal and may get a chance early in the season if Walters is set for duties higher up the ground.

But the Dockers are likely to go into the 2014 season with a very recognisable line-up.

Of the 22 who played against Hawthorn in the grand final, 16 played in Tuesday night's hitout.

Clancee Pearce also looks to have overcome the Achilles injury that kept him out of the premiership decider.

The Dockers recruited two experienced players who usually feature in attack during the off-season after losing the grand final to Hawthorn.

But the Dockers only lost by 15 points, had only one less entry into their attacking 50-metre zone, and took more marks (17 to 11) inside that area than the Hawks, so there isn't too much tampering that needs to be done.

The addition of former Essendon tall Scott Gumbleton could be the little bit of tinkering that they need.

Hawthorn's Brian Lake took most of his 10 marks in the grand final deep in defence, so having someone taller deep in attack to make a contest would be a bonus.

But Gumbleton still looks like a new player finding his feet among a settled playing group.

Colin Sylvia was no more impressive, but he has had some niggles during pre-season and has only been training with the main group for two weeks.

Fremantle kicks off its pre-season campaign against West Coast on Tuesday at Joondalup Arena.

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