Hot summer for Fremantle Dockers
Seven days after Geelong held the Premiership Cup aloft, Fremantle hit the training track for a demanding running session as the Dockers eye vast improvement next year.
New coach Ross Lyon addressed the playing group as a whole for the first time at Fremantle Oval yesterday morning, with new assistant Peter Sumich also introduced.
With a portion of the squad recovering from post-season surgery after a torrid season in the injury front, there were only about 15 players who completed long-distance runs.
The group included defender Antoni Grover, who is out of contract but appears assured of being offered a one-year deal, as well as young stars Stephen Hill and Hayden Ballantyne.
Forward Jack Anthony also completed the session a fortnight after Subiaco decided he was not worth a spot in its 22 for the WAFL grand final against Claremont despite him being cleared to play by the Dockers.
The session came five weeks after Fremantle ended its season with a 46-point Round 24 defeat to the Western Bulldogs, with the 11th-place finish leading to the sacking of Mark Harvey as coach with a year remaining on his contract.
Many believe the seeds for Fremantle’s failed 2011 campaign were sown in a patchy and interrupted pre-season and Lyon hopes training will lay a platform for improvement next season.