AFL: captain Nat Fyfe signs new contract with Fremantle

Solenn Plantier
Juillet 17, 2017

Fremantle superstar Nat Fyfe has put an end to any chance of him changing clubs via free agency at the end of the year, signing a six-year deal with the Dockers until the end of 2023.

The Brownlow medallist has penned a new six-year deal worth about $1.2 million a season or roughly $7 million over the life of the contract.

It follows months of media speculation the star midfielder, 25, could be looking for a move elsewhere.

The deal will see Fyfe play at least three more seasons under senior coach Ross Lyon, who is contracted with Fremantle until the end of season 2020.

Fyfe's manager, Jason Dover, from Stride Management, said: "Nat had a lot of interest from other clubs but we never thought he would leave Fremantle".

It is the longest contract extension signed by a player in the history of Fremantle Dockers.

"I come out as a 31, 32-year-old man, so to be comfortable with that decision and understand that - given the moving landscape of the AFL - I'm probably going to outlast most players and most coaches on the list now".

"All the speculation and what-not floated around was mostly untrue and it was quite interesting to watch".

"I think that the quality of the football that's coming out of Western Australia is big enough and to be able to play at a brand new stadium for the best part of the next half-decade is a big enough stage for me", Fyfe said.

Fyfe, 25, suffered a fractured leg in Fremantle's 2015 preliminary final, and underwent surgery in April previous year after re-injuring the same leg.

"We're absolutely thrilled as a football club to get this long term commitment from Nat", Fremantle list manager Brad Lloyd said.

"It was very clear throughout the process that Nat was firmly committed to staying at Fremantle", Lloyd said. "Nat is a key leader for those young players and the rest of the playing group, so it's a really pivotal step for where we're taking the club".

"We feel that we have a really young exciting group coming through, who have come on throughout the 2017 season in particular".

The two-time All Australian and Doig Medallist had 30 disposals in the Dockers' 30-point loss to West Coast on Sunday, a week after picking up 33 possessions in a win over the Kangaroos.

"Clearly, we want to deliver Fremantle their first premiership. My hope is that I can still be in pretty good condition at 31, 32", Fyfe said. "It's a really lofty and ambitious goal and we're all going to work as hard as we can towards that". Originally taken with pick 20 in the 2009 NAB AFL Draft, the 190cm gun has played 132 matches and kicked 115 goals for Fremantle in a decorated career.

"The year off that I had no doubt will help me at the back end of this contract phase - I'm already feeling the benefits of a year out of footy".

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