No pre-season, no worries for Nat Fyfe.
The Fremantle skipper entered today’s season opener without a pre-season outing under his belt – AFLX aside – following surgery to remove the bursa on his elbow.
But as the old saying (almost) goes: Pre-season form is temporary. Class is permanent.
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Fyfe was on fire during the opening term against North Melbourne, wasting no time in proving to everyone he was not only fit, but ready to be the difference.
Eight touches. Six of the them contested. Four clearances. Three tackles. And a converted set-shot after copping off-the-ball treatment from Ben Cunnington.
How’s that for a statement of intent?
The elbow only seemed to bother him briefly on one occasion, where he got up favouring it briefly after a contest late in the quarter. But the goal came moments later and no doubt soothed the pain.
Fyfe’s strong opening also came on the back of Mick Malthouse’s criticism of several aspects of his game in The Sunday Times this morning, including “deplorable” defensive work.
The captain will be asked to carry an even bigger load this season in the absence of Lachie Neale. But if the opening term is anything to go by, he’ll be well up for the challenge.