Fyfe rises in stature
Exciting Fremantle midfielder Nat Fyfe’s brilliant start to the season is set to be rewarded with a contract extension that will place him beyond Greater Western Sydney’s reach.
The Dockers were keen to move on Fyfe’s contract during the pre- season but he opted to wait until the home-and-away campaign before discussing his future.
Subsequently, his form has been outstanding and it could result in a three-year deal worth $1 million.
Fyfe’s manager Jason Dover confirmed a new deal was on the cards.
“Fremantle are keen to look at an extension,” Dover said. “That would be something we’d be interested in.”
Fyfe is already contracted until the end of 2012 after committing for three years when recruited.
After playing 18 games last season, he has continued to shine and was one of the best afield against North Melbourne on Sunday.
Unlike Gold Coast, Greater Western Sydney have two years to attract uncontracted players and Fyfe would be ideal for them. He turns 21 in September next year and, barring any setbacks, will have played more than 50 games.
Fyfe has already shown an ability to play as a marking forward or wingman. He kicked 14.14 last year after coming under notice as a dominant forward for Claremont. But his ball winning has risen to another level this season.
He has collected 109 possessions to sit third on the club’s disposal list behind only David Mundy and Matthew Pavlich.
Fyfe’s efforts have been recognised in the AFL Coaches’ Association awards with 10 votes from the first three games. He was voted Fremantle’s second best behind Greg Broughton in round one, second behind Mundy in round three and should receive votes from the coaches for Sunday’s game.
Bookmakers have slashed his Brownlow Medal price to $51. Online bookmaker sportsbet. com.au said one client wagered $50 on a Fyfe Brownlow victory at $1001 after round one.
Fyfe’s wage will skyrocket next season because the AFL’s collective bargaining agreement sets fixed payments for players in their first two seasons. As a second-round draft pick, Fyfe earned $110,000 for his 18 games last season.
Second-year players’ wages are based on how many matches they played the previous year. Second-round draft picks who played more than 16 games receive a base of $70,400 plus $4200 a game. Fyfe can earn up to $162,800 during the 2011 home-and-away season.