Impressive Fremantle youngster Nat Fyfe says adding five kilos of muscle to his light frame over the summer has helped him have a big influence in Fremantle’s 4-1 start to the season.

Fyfe, who played 18 games in a solid debut season in 2010, has taken a giant step this year, averaging 27 possessions a match and kicking four goals playing predominantly as a midfielder.

The 19-year-old was one of Fremantle’s standout runners in pre-season training and completed extra weights sessions during his time off, with the results now showing.

“It definitely helps me out on the field having a bit more muscle, just being able to stand up a little bit better in tackles and provide a bit better contest in the air as well,” Fyfe said on Friday.

“I was able to get a full pre-season in and a lot more running and weights this year.

“Our fitness and strength and conditioning guys do a great job, as you can see with a lot of us younger, lighter-framed guys coming through.”

After an outstanding opening month, Fyfe earned his toughest match-up of the season so far against the Western Bulldogs, running with tough onballer Daniel Cross in Fremantle’s seven-point win on Anzac Day.

Fyfe finished with 29 possessions – including 17 in a gripping second half – and holding his own against the key Bulldog.

“We had a great battle and I learned a lot from the way that he plays,” Fyfe said.

The classy right-footer knows tough match-ups will continue to come his way with each impressive game, but that is only going to leave more breathing space for the likes of Matthew Pavlich, David Mundy and Stephen Hill.

“There’s a lot of other better players in the side that will be looked at to be shut down before me,” he said.

“I think it’s important that we get more players contributing week to week so that the focus is taken off our top-notch players.”

Fyfe said this week’s bye had come at a good time for Fremantle, which faces Richmond at the MCG in round seven, and the club’s internal expectations had not shifted as a result of the bright start.

“The focus has always been that our game plan will stand up wherever we play and whoever we’re playing and our focus obviously is on Richmond at the moment,” he said.

“We’re in a great position and have had a great first block to the year. It’s good to get a break now and we look forward to the next block.

“It’ll be good to get a week off and refresh the body and mind.”

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