Future captaincy a Dockers dilemma
While Darren Glass could well hand over the captaincy reins at the end of the season to fellow defender Beau Waters, the future at Fremantle is less clear.
Glass is in the type of form which suggests he can play for two more seasons but he is comfortable with the notion that he could play out his days without the burden of being the skipper.
Pavlich, who turns 31 at the end of this year, is capable of playing for another three seasons, but the heir apparent at the port is not as apparent.
David Mundy, Aaron Sandilands, Luke McPharlin, Matt de Boer and Hayden Ballantyne currently form the leadership group along with Pavlich.
Given the age of McPharlin and Sandilands, I’d doubt either of them would be handed the role when Pavlich decides to give it away in a year or two.
Pavlich, too, might decide to play on without the burden of being skipper.
So, who gets the nod?
Ballantyne is lucky to be in the leadership group let alone suggest he is captain material, but to me there is a standout.
While Mundy is a fine player I’d suggest that de Boer has the makings of an outstanding skipper.
He’s disciplined, tough, a leader on the field and doesn’t mind flying the flag when the going gets a little robust.
His work in the middle in recent matches has shown his value in the clinches and with more emphasis on clearances these days, he sets a standard for others to follow.