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Pavlich says he's committed to lead Freo

By Justin Chadwick 27/04/2009 07:10:51 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich finds it "baffling" people have questioned his commitment to the AFL club.

Fremantle's greatest ever player is contracted to the Dockers until the end of 2010 but has refused to rule out a move once that deal expires.

These has been media speculation that the success-starved 27-year-old should move away from the underachieving Dockers in order to have a chance to play in a premiership.

But Pavlich said his total focus was on leading the Fremantle through their rebuilding phase - for the next 18 months at least anyway.

"It's hilarious that people are talking about this," Pavlich said on Monday.

"I'm not even halfway through a contract and I'm absolutely committed, so it's baffling sometimes for it (those questions) to be out there.

"I find it very surprising that our supporters haven't seen me being absolutely committed for nine and a half years and absolutely committed for the next 18 months as well.

"I find it baffling that anyone would ever question that to be honest.

"For it to even be asked or questioned is really surprising.

"I want to be playing here and playing in sustained success, that's what I want to be doing."

Saturday's western derby will mark Pavlich's 200th AFL game, but despite achieving six All-Australian guernseys and five best and fairest awards, he has only played in four finals.

And after Fremantle's shaky 1-4 start to the season it seems team success will allude Pavlich and the Dockers for a few more years yet.

But Pavlich was adamant the club was finally on the right track after turning to youth as a way out of the doldrums.

"I've been lucky enough to have a level of individual success and that's great but what we are driving and striving for is to be successful and have sustained success," he said.

"I'm still very bullish that that can happen."

Pavlich also threw his support behind coach Mark Harvey, who was under extreme pressure when the Dockers slipped to 0-4 following an 83-point loss to St Kilda.

"He's got our full support," Pavlich said.

"We really believe in him and the great thing is he's been really supportive of the players and understanding of where we're at."

Meanwhile, Fremantle young gun Rhys Palmer is in doubt for the clash with West Coast after injuring his knee during the Dockers' 21-point win over Sydney.

The 20-year-old had scans on Sunday but the club refused to release the result until Tuesday.

Pavlich believed the team had "come out of the other side" following the impressive performance against the Swans.

"We'll take great confidence out of the game on Saturday night ... the guys were certainly taking some risks which is a step in the right direction," he said.

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