Crowley contract hopes on the rise
The manager of Fremantle run-with specialist Ryan Crowley is confident his client can secure a new deal in the wake of incoming coach Ross Lyon’s positive assessment.
Lyon indicated in his exclusive interview with thewest.com.au yesterday that he wanted to keep 27-year-old Crowley at the club for 2012.
“I’ve seen him play some really good football,” Lyon said.
“(He’s) familiar with go-with and work-off roles and I’d love to see him get back to his best.”
Crowley’s future at Fremantle was due to be revisited during next month’s trade week, with forward Michael Walters and rookie-listed player Clancee Pearce also having their prospects of a new contract postponed under a similar wait-and-see scenario.
Crowley’s manager Carlos Da Costa said he had spoken to Fremantle recruiting chief Brad Lloyd yesterday morning seeking an update on Crowley.
“It’s really confident and exciting to hear the new man at the helm Ross Lyon also sees the same player that I see in Ryan Crowley and how Ryan Crowley is a team player,” Da Costa said.
“Ryan Crowley does not look for individual success.
“He looks for team-environment success.
“He’s done everything the club’s asked from him.
“Now I’ve rang Brad Lloyd this morning regarding where they sit with Ryan Crowley and hopefully I get a favourable answer within the next 48 hours on how we can move forward.”
Crowley managed 19 of a possible 22 matches this season, having been used in several less familiar roles, including as a defensive forward.
He played his 100th game for Fremantle in round four against North Melbourne, but accepted at the time that he was still fighting for his senior spot.
The one-time rookie-list player was dropped three weeks later, something that would happen twice more in 2011 to leave his future at the club under serious threat.
Meanwhile, Doig medallist David Mundy is expected to miss the start of Fremantle’s pre-season on November 7.
The Dockers have confirmed that Mundy, 26, had ankle surgery in Melbourne before their final home- and-away game against the Western Bulldogs earlier this month.
The operation was carried out on the same joint which suffered serious ligament damage when his leg was trodden on against Essendon in round 12.
It was decided not to send Mundy for surgery on the ankle at the time and he returned against North Melbourne in round 22 last month when the Dockers were still in contention for finals.
Mundy got 22 possessions in the crushing 98-point defeat, but complained of soreness after the match and did not play again.