Fyfe signs up to be with Dock­ers for life

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AFL: Fre­man­tle cap­tain Nat Fyfe has com­mit­ted his fu­ture to the club, ig­nor­ing ri­val in­ter­est to pen a lu­cra­tive six-year con­tract ex­ten­sion with the Dock­ers.

Head­ing into the sea­son as the high­est pro­file free agent on the mar­ket, the 2015 Brown­low Medal win­ner was re­port­edly the sub­ject of a host of in­ter­est from Vic­to­rian sides.

Fyfe (pic­tured) has re­jected such of­fers and will re­main with Fre­man­tle un­til at least the end of the 2023 sea­son.

“I’m ex­tremely grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity,” Fyfe said in a state­ment.

“Freo has been my home since the start of my ca­reer and I’ve since grown into a lead­er­ship role.

“I re­ally love play­ing for the club and I’m re­ally grate­ful and hum­bled to have the op­por­tu­nity to be here for the next six years.”

Fyfe was re­cruited to Fre­man­tle ahead of the 2010 sea­son and has played 132 games for the club, claim­ing footy’s high­est in­di­vid­ual hon­our when he won the Brown­low in 2015.

The 25-year-old is also a two-time best and fairest win­ner and a two-time All-Aus­tralian, named Fre­man­tle’s cap­tain at the start of this sea­son.

“I think we’ve got a group who are re­ally will­ing to learn and aren’t in­ter­ested in wait­ing around for their ca­reers to fol­low a nat­u­ral tra­jec­tory,” Fyfe said.

“Clearly, we want to de­liver Fre­man­tle their first pre­mier­ship.

“It’s a re­ally lofty and am­bi­tious goal.

“We’re all go­ing to work as hard as we can to­wards that.”

— Ri­ley Bev­eridge

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