No one is out of Fremantle’s team to face North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Sunday, but three players have been added to the squad.Running defender Dylan Roberton, ruck/forward Zac Clarke and young midfielder Cam Sutcliffe are in the squad of 25, which will be trimmed to 22 at 2.30pm (WST) on Friday.

Jon Griffin remains out of the team after being a late withdrawal before last Saturday’s match against Richmond.

Clarke is coming off a strong performance in the WAFL with 22 disposals and 30 hitouts for East Perth playing most of the game in the ruck.

Freo assistant and senior development coach Simon Lloyd said Clarke was close to best on ground.

“He dominated the game in the air and won a lot of ground balls,” Lloyd said.

“We were pleased with Zac’s tackling and follow up efforts. He showed great agility at ground level.”

Roberton had showed some good signs for Freo at AFL level prior to being omitted for last weekend’s game.

He also played for East Perth and was quiet with 10 kicks.

“Whilst Dylan didn’t have a lot of the ball, when he did have it he carried it well and kicked long to advantage,” Lloyd said.

“He controlled the opponents he played on and gave a solid effort over four quarters.”

Sutcliffe had 23 disposals in a dominant East Fremantle win.

Meanwhile North Melbourne coach Brad Scott said on Kangaroos.com.au that Fremantle had been playing “top-four” standard football in the second half of this season and would be the perfect test for his team on the eve of the finals.

“We think it’s going to be a finals-like atmosphere in terms of pressure around the ball,” Scott said.

“If we do play finals and we’re playing against really good sides then there’s no better preparation than playing Fremantle, because I think they’re pressuring the opposition as well as anyone at the moment.”

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