Football commentator Terry Wallace says Fremantle fans should be excited by the return of two young players in 2021 – Darcy Tucker and Hayden Young.
Tucker and Young both had surgery in July for their respective hamstring and ankle injuries and missed the remainder of 2020.
Young, a key defender taken with pick seven in the 2019 Draft, played five straight games for the Dockers after making his debut in round two.
The 23-year-old Tucker has played 78 games for the Dockers since making his debut in 2016.
“They’ve still got a couple of great youngsters out. I really like Tucker and Young, who both didn’t play the back half of the season,” Wallace said on SEN.
“I think they’re potentially in the top three or four youngsters that they’ve got coming through the group.
“They’ve got defenders to come back. The future looks brighter (for Fremantle).”
A loss to the Western Bulldogs on Sunday night ensured the Dockers finished the season in 12th – just one spot above 13th under Ross Lyon in 2019.
But Wallace said the ladder position was deceptive to Fremantle’s improvement under new coach Justin Longmuir.
“I don’t think it gives a real indicator of the Dockers’ improvement,” Wallace said on SEN.
“I just thought from day one, the style was really clear and obvious, and also the fact they fast tracked young players through the middle of the ground.”