Nat Fyfe will skipper Fremantle in the 2017 AFL season.
Nat Fyfe will skipper Fremantle in the 2017 AFL season. JOE CASTRO

Dockers call on Fyfe to replace Mundy as skipper

AFL: Nat Fyfe has been voted in as Fremantle's captain for 2017.

The star midfielder becomes the Dockers' ninth skipper after a player vote saw Fyfe elected ahead of 2016 skipper David Mundy.

Players picked five of their teammates using the 5-4-3-2-1 voting method which also saw Michael Walters and Lachie Neale join Mundy, Aaron Sandilands and Lee Spurr in the leadership group.

At 25 years old, Fyfe is the same age that Matthew Pavlich was when he became captain in 2007.

"It hasn't really sunk in fully yet, but it's just fantastic to get the support of the players, and to also have two new members of the leadership group," Fyfe told the club website.

"It's an exciting time for the footy club and we have an exciting group to lead the club for the next four or five years.

"We've got fresh new talent through he door. We've got great coaching staff and people in administration roles.

"The club's in really good hands and the future looks exciting."

Coach Ross Lyon said the addition of youth into the leadership group was a reflection of the list's transition.

"It was a difficult year last year for David (Mundy), taking over from Matthew Pavlich. He led us well under difficult circumstances," Lyon said.

"But as Nathan said when he spoke to the players, it is a transitioning list.

"We're aiming high and in a different situation to the year before. We had a more mature list and were coming off a strong year in 2015.

"We're transitioning, and it talks to an emerging leader who can be with the group for a long period."

News Corp Australia


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