Speedster Liam Henry is the latest Docker linked to a potential move away from the club as he battles to nail down a spot in Justin Longmuir’s improving side.
Henry was in Fremantle’s round-one side but managed just seven games at AFL level this year and is now reported to be exploring his options as the Dockers brace for a swag of player departures.
It comes as the club positions itself to launch a formal bid to Melbourne for WA premiership ruck Luke Jackson, who they have been associated with for months.
Henry, a former pick nine, has a contract for next season but the Dockers have been unable to find a role for him in a small forward-line already stacked with pressure players Lachie Schultz, Sam Switkowski and Michael Frederick as well as veteran Michael Walters.
The 21-year-old also spent time on a wing as Fremantle scrambled to account for an injury to Blake Acres — as did Darcy Tucker, who is believed to be on the wish list of Alastair Clarkson.
Rival clubs are expected to monitor Henry’s movements this off-season.
Acres, Tucker and swingman Grififn Logue are all a chance to depart the club in coming weeks in favour of securing their futures with richer deals at other clubs, while Rory Lobb has long been linked to a move to beaten elimination finalists the Western Bulldogs.
Henry was one of 14 Dockers to feature for Peel Thunder in their win over South Fremantle on Sunday but struggled for impact from his nine disposals.
He will qualify for the remainder of the finals series as harsher player restrictions come into effect now that Fremantle are out of the AFL finals, but those restrictions have ended the seasons of teammates Matt Taberner and Travis Colyer.
Taberner kicked two goals in the win over South Fremantle having been left at home in favour of teenager Jye Amiss for the trip to face Collingwood on Saturday.
The Thunder will be restricted to just 12 Dockers-listed players for the rest of the campaign, with Taberner and Colyer failing to meet the six-game minimum.
Amiss and Joel Western, who was listed as an emergency on Sunday, could come into the side for the team that plays Claremont in the first semifinal on Sunday.