Fremantle will approach former captain Peter Bell in an attempt to lure him back to the club as an assistant coach.

Bell hasn’t been part of an AFL club since retiring in 2008. He played in South Fremantle’s 2009 premiership and is now working in the media and pursuing business interests.

The 35-year-old played 163 games for the Dockers, including 107 as captain, and won three best and fairests. Coach Mark Harvey said the club was keen to talk to Bell about his coaching aspirations.

“I think Peter has got coaching aspirations down the track,” Harvey told Seven News. “He’s been out of the game for a couple of years now. In the coming weeks we’ll sit down and talk to Peter.”

Harvey refused to comment about speculation that assistant coach Barry Mitchell would leave the club. Mitchell has worked for Hawthorn and Carlton previously and his son Tom will join Sydney under the father-son rule next season.

Harvey said the club was keen to find a key forward, midfielder and quick defender in the off season but ruled out drafting Brendan Fevola.

Paul Hasleby urged Fremantle to recruit Fevola on Monday and Harvey didn’t rule it out on radio.

But last night, Harvey was more emphatic.

“No. No interest from the football club’s point of view,” he said.

Fremantle will be unable to name three emergencies for their game against the Western Bulldogs after their list of available players fell to just 23.

Josh Mellington was named as requiring a fitness test when the club released its injury list on Monday but scans yesterday revealed his injured elbow hadn’t healed.

Mellington has now been ruled out for the rest of the year and won’t be able to play for West Perth in the WAFL finals. Defender Ben Bucovaz is also unavailable after being suspended for one week at the WAFL tribunal last night.

Antoni Grover, Alex Silvagni and Jayden Pitt will return after missing last week but Fremantle must find a fourth player to replace Peter Faulks (jaw), Nat Fyfe (shoulder), Nick Lower (suspended) and Garrick Ibbotson (shoulder).

Justin Bollenhagen and Joel Houghton will fight it out for the last spot in the team. Bollenhagen hurt his ankle in the WAFL last week and must pass a fitness test.

 

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