Harvey reveals contract talks with Dockers
Fremantle coach Mark Harvey has confirmed serious discussions about his future at the club have begun – with the mid-season break being targeted as the possible window for him to re-sign.
With the Dockers sitting pretty at the summit of the AFL ladder alongside Geelong, they have the chance to be number one on their own this weekend if arch-rivals West Coast do them a favour and upset the Cats in Perth.
Harvey will be hoping to extinguish the memories of the 117-point humiliation at the hands Adelaide at AAMI Stadium last year, when they managed one goal for the whole game.
And the Dockers hierarchy seemed to have set themselves another immediate goal of securing Harvey’s services, with the coach admitting for the first time today he had been made an offer.
“It was a good lead-in – and there has been a discussion,” Harvey told radio 6PR.
“We will be discussing a lot of things in the mid-season break I would imagine.”
With whispers about Essendon chiefs keeping a close eye on Harvey’s position in the port city, the former Bombers’ champion had previously said he was happy to wait for the Dockers to come to him.
“I have never been pushing the issue. Whenever the decision comes to sit down and talk about things, then we will do it,” Harvey said at the time.
“At the moment all I am doing is coaching and making sure I am getting the most out of the players – and that is all I want to do.”
After tentative negotiations with agent Dan Richardson, it now appears the club is more determined to seal Harvey’s future before the likely appearance in the finals.
Ahead of taking on the Crows, Harvey admitted the team was taking advantage of both some good luck and good judgement.
“Are we playing above ourselves – possibly. Are we meeting teams at the right time, maybe. But what we are doing is playing with a lot more self esteem and confidence,” Harvey said this week.
“But that is on the back of a two year plan … and we are starting to see the results
“We have played (young) players in positions where they are going to evolve. You can play young players and hide them.
“But if you are prepared to play them in midfield then after 12 month, 18 months we are starting to see the direct benefit of that.
“From a coaching point of view – a lot of people ask how long you want to coach for. You want to coach on the back of being successful, and hopefully that is the way we want to go.”