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Fremantle Dockers eye Western Bulldogs premiership player Matthew Boyd to be AFL assistant coach

Fremantle are gunning to add Western Bulldogs premiership star Matthew Boyd to their coaching staff, as Justin Longmuir looks to find someone to take charge of the Dockers’ backline in 2021.

Boyd worked alongside Longmuir at Collingwood before the latter took the job as Fremantle’s head coach last year, with the 2016 Bulldogs premiership midfielder taking over as the head of the Magpies’ defence.

Fremantle are looking for Boyd to replace former backline coach Michael Prior, who left the club back in August after he and stoppage and structures coach Anthony Rock as well as high-performance boss Jason Weber were told they were not required for the 2021 restructure.

Boyd, 38, played 292 games at the Western Bulldogs between 2003 and 2017 after being selected with pick 22 in the 2002 Rookie Draft, before going on to win three best-and-fairest awards, three All-Australian guernseys and captain the club for three seasons.

Boyd joined Collingwood in 2018 as a development coach, before replacing Longmuir for the 2020 season.

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AFL.com.au are reporting the Dockers have put an offer to Boyd, who is weighing up a move west.

Longmuir took charge of the team’s defensive unit in the final part of the season, but will likely relinquish the responsibility to concentrate on the senior role in 2021.

Collingwood conceded an average of just 52 points a game in the home-and-away season under Boyd and lost by more than 20 points on just three occasions.

Matthew Boyd celebrates the Western Bulldogs’ premiership victory.
Camera IconMatthew Boyd celebrates the Western Bulldogs’ premiership victory. Credit: Michael Dodge/AFL Media

Fremantle’s defence is expected to be bolstered next year by the return of Alex Pearce and Joel Hamling, who both missed the entire season because of ankle injuries.

Former first-round draftee Griffin Logue showed signs of improvement in his five games this year before a toe injury ended his season in round five.

Defender Luke Ryan is the favourite to win the Doig Medal as the Dockers’ best and fairest after a stand-out season, while Brennan Cox made the successful move from forward to defence this year under Longmuir, giving Boyd plenty to work with should he head west.

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