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Dockers coach keen for Lobb to stay put

Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir wants leading goal-kicker Rory Lobb to honour his contract and remain with the AFL club next season.

Former GWS ruck-forward Lobb, who was denied his request to be traded back to the Giants last year, has been regularly linked to a move away from the Dockers.

The Western Bulldogs are in the mix, having flagged their interest publicly last week.

The 29-year-old is in some of the best form of his career, having kicked 29 goals in 15 games this season, and is crucial to the third-placed Dockers’ premiership chances.

“He’s a contracted player, he’s leading our goal-kicking and he’s been one of our more consistent forwards for the year,” Longmuir said.

“You don’t really want to lose those type of players.”

Longmuir won’t divulge intricate details of his recent conversations with Lobb about his playing future but insists the 134-game tall is committed to the Dockers’ cause, at least for the time being.

“I’ve reassured him that I see him as part of our long-term future, he’s contracted for us next year, and he reassured me that he’s going to stay in the moment and keep competing the way he’s been competing,” Longmuir said.

“Playing the best footy he can for Fremantle is top priority for him at the moment.”

Lobb has kicked 15 goals in Fremantle’s 5-1 run over the last six matches, propelling them up the ladder.

The Dockers host seventh-placed Sydney at Optus Stadium on Saturday night.

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