Fremantle’s McPhee considers options
Fremantle strongman Adam McPhee is considering his future and could be lured back to Victoria to continue his AFL career.
Often the scapegoat and fall guy with Fremantle’s inconsistent overall performances since he crossed back to the Dockers three years ago, the former Essendon club champion is out of contract.
He is understood to be attracting significant interest from clubs in his home state of Victoria.
McPhee turns 30 next month and under a Dockers policy with ageing stars has been offered only a one-year contract to extend his time at Fremantle.
The disciplined defender and fitness fanatic probably turned in the finest of his last three years at Fremantle this season under new coach Ross Lyon, though McPhee did play 23 games in his first season back at the Dockers under Mark Harvey in 2010.
He was used weekly by Lyon this season with specialised defensive assignments whether literally in the Dockers backline or at times as a forward with strategic instructions to nullify an opposition running defender.
The much maligned McPhee played 21 of a possible 24 games this season including finals against Geelong and Adelaide.
His only absence was a block of three games from Rounds 8-10 with a nagging thigh complaint.
It is understood that McPhee’s durability, versatility to play in defence, up forward or even in run-with negating assignments is appealing to some Melbourne-based clubs.
McPhee’s flexibility is an attraction with anticipation rife through industry circles that AFL heavyweights will further alter interchange player regulations for next season.
League football operations boss Adrian Anderson is considering implementing rules for just two interchange players with two substitutes from next season.
Versatility in players and especially with distinctive defensive characteristics to their overall game is looming as priority in recruitment and retention of all-round talents on club senior lists.
McPhee’s aggressive and fiery style often attracts ridicule and extremely harsh judgement from Dockers faithful since resuming at Fremantle at the end of 2009 after seven seasons at Essendon.
He was originally recruited to Fremantle from Dandenong in 2000 as a third round draft selection and swapped to Essendon after just two seasons and reached a pinnacle of his career as an All-Australian and Bombers fairest-and-best in 2004.