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Freo to rotate captaincy in pre-season

By Justin Chadwick 11/02/2009 05:40:09 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle will rotate their captaincy throughout the pre-season competition as the AFL club attempts to unearth new leaders following last year's mass exodus of experience from the club.

Skipper Matthew Pavlich is the only player remaining from the 2008 leadership group after Peter Bell, Jeff Farmer, Shaun McManus, Matthew Carr and Heath Black all retired and Josh Carr jumped ship to Port Adelaide.

With Pavlich set to be rested from Sunday's pre-season clash with Richmond at Subiaco Oval, 23-year-old David Mundy has been handed the captaincy role for the week.

"We are looking to use a few of those guys throughout the pre-season to captain the side," Fremantle assistant coach Barry Mitchell said on Wednesday.

"(Paul) Hasleby will captain the side (at some stage), (as will Michael) Johnson, so Mundy gets his chance this week.

"He has been really impressive over the pre-season.

"His leadership is going to continue to improve, it has to because we've lost some experienced players.

"David has a very smart player and should be really good in the role.

"It's great those guys will step up and become the leaders of the club."

Mundy contemplated heading back to Victoria at the end of last season.

But with the promise of an increased role in the midfield, Mundy penned a new two-year deal with the Dockers.

Mitchell predicted the Dockers would play six of the 14 players they picked up in the national and rookie drafts against the Tigers.

"Obviously we are going to have 26 playing so there will be a number of them that will probably get an opportunity," Mitchell said.

"It's a difficult time of year because you do have to look after them a little bit.

"We are looking at the big picture, looking at round one.

"Sure we want to win, we want to go as well as we possibly can, but with a young group we've got to make sure we've got the squad there for the majority of the year."

Mitchell denied forward Chris Tarrant was carrying a hamstring injury and said the former Magpie was still a chance to take on the Tigers.

"I wouldn't call it a hamstring. He has been tight in some areas but he has missed hardly any training," Mitchell said.

"He has had a good pre-season.

"He's an older player you would say ... so we need to make sure he plays the majority of the year."

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