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Hard Ball Gets: Sam Sturt will be Fremantle’s best player in five years

Few would argue with Nat Fyfe’s position at the top of the Fremantle pecking order, but who will be the Dockers’ best player in five years?

Hawthorn premiership winner Xavier Ellis, Channel Seven footy reporter Ryan Daniels and The West Australian’s sports editor Nick Rynne played palm readers for this week’s episode of The Hard Ball Gets Podcast predicting each side’s best player in half a decade’s time.

Captain Fyfe will be 33 by 2025 and while the dual Brownlow Medallist has stated his desire to play deep into his 30’s, Rynne foresees the rise of another purple warrior.

“I’m buying shares in Sam Sturt,” Rynne said.

“Fyfey, there’s every chance he’s the best player but he’ll be pretty old by then,”

“I’ve seen enough from (Sturt), that Essendon game (round 1), and a couple things he does in traffic I think the fact he came late to footy means there a big upside.”

Nat Fyfe of the Dockers leaves the field injured during the round 4 AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and Fremantle Dockers at Metricon Stadium.
Camera IconNat Fyfe of the Dockers leaves the field injured during the round 4 AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and Fremantle Dockers at Metricon Stadium. Credit: Chris Hyde/via AFL Photos

The Dockers took Sturt with their 17th pick in the 2018 AFL draft. The forward impressed for Victoria but was taken by Freo for his potential, after playing representative cricket before switching to footy full-time.

Three goals in his round one debut against the Bombers were instrumental in a late Freo fightback and earned the 20-year-old a NAB rising star nomination.

“His size and his skills, give it five years he could be their best,” Rynne continued.

Sam Sturt of the Dockers marks the ball during the Round 1 AFL match between Essendon Bombers and Fremantle Dockers at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.
Camera IconSam Sturt of the Dockers marks the ball during the Round 1 AFL match between Essendon Bombers and Fremantle Dockers at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne. Credit: MICHAEL DODGE/AAPIMAGE

“In his first year of footy, Fremantle basically sat him out to put on size so he didn’t pick up the things he needed to pick up playing footy, so this is his year to make a leap.”

“You got to picture their body in five years, look at Carlton’s Patrick Cripps and Sam Walsh. Walsh’s running ability probably won’t improve in five years, where as (Sturt) might have a few more areas to improve,” Ellis replied.

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