Fremantle defender Alex Silvagni says Zac Dawson will be a handy acquisition if the club chooses to recruit the former Saint in the coming draft.

Dawson, 25, officially quit St Kilda last week and is expected to now nominate for the pre-season draft.

The Dockers loom as his most likely suitor and are understood to be considering passing on their final pick at No.74 in the national draft to go after Dawson.

Silvagni backed the club’s recruiters if they moved to snare the 77-game player.

“Obviously he’s had finals experience, so I think he’d be really handy to slot into the backline,” he said.

Silvagni completed a series of repeated run-throughs at Fremantle Oval this morning as the club’s available fifth to eight-year players joined training.

It is the first time the 24-year-old key defender has been fit to start a pre-season during his two years at Fremantle and Silvagni said he was already feeling good.

He said new coach Ross Lyon had brought a different philosophy to this pre-season, with the initial focus more on fitness than skills.

The changes have been partially aimed at minimising injuries.

“He brings a lot to the pre-season, the way we structure it and working with the fitness guys it’s a bit different to last year,” Silvagni said.

“Your work on things from previous season improves.

“There’s a really good atmosphere around the club and the younger guys are driving that which is good to see.”

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