Dockers keep the dream in-house
Fremantle’s season – if possible – is becoming even more impressive.
The playing group comprised of emerging youngsters, improving mid-tier players and established stars have conquered almost every challenge on-field.
But the club is also learning to deal with crises in a way which means those players can concentrate on football rather than frippery.
The Michael Johnson affair will reach a conclusion of sorts today, when the talented but foolish player is allowed back behind the purple curtain.
And the fact that two wins have been secured since his arrest and subsequent conviction for a drug offence is testament to an admirable response to a difficult situation.
But it is still by no means perfect off-field
During this past week, one of Perth’s main broadcasters has had a serious spat with the Dockers. Harsh words were exchanged, accusations of untruths levelled, meetings called, lines drawn in the sand.
As a club, the Dockers can be difficult to deal with from a journalist’s point of view.
Interview requests often receive short shrift, with players such as Michael Barlow and Nat Fyfe off-limits.
The same voices and faces are often used in media opportunities, meaning the message can become repetitive.
But from the other side of the fence, it is clear club feels the need to protect their first-year players from too much pressure, as well as preventing any sense of self-satisfaction creeping into their public persona.
The Dockers, from my perspective, have achieved both of these objectives admirably.
But the club should also make sure that they don’t go too far the other way, and alienate the people who are trying to deliver the continuing good news to their supporters in Perth and beyond.