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Freo's players on notice against Lions

By Justin Chadwick 15/07/2009 07:21:32 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle coach Mark Harvey has put the club's mid-range players on notice, demanding they "redeem" themselves following last week's AFL debacle against Adelaide.

And Harvey insists the club is not tanking for draft picks despite revealing he will inject even more youth for Saturday night's clash with Brisbane at Subiaco Oval.

The Dockers played seven first-year players in last Saturday night's humiliating 19.16 (130) to 1.7 (13) loss at AAMI Stadium.

But rather than lay the blame on that inexperienced bunch, Harvey said a number of the club's mid-range players, who he refused to name, let the team down and had since been put on notice.

Harvey said he would probably make three changes to the side this week.

But in a major surprise, Harvey declared he would again name the seven first-year players who featured against the Crows, plus add an eighth in the form of two-game defender Clancee Pearce for the match against Brisbane.

Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich (calf) and ruckman Aaron Sandilands (hamstring) were rated only 50-50 chances by Harvey to return this week, while veteran Des Headland (hamstring) has been ruled out.

"We've got eight first-years, eight will be playing (against Brisbane)," Harvey said on Wednesday.

"And they're not second or third-year debutants, they're first-year debutants, and everyone sort of just doesn't understand that."

Ryan Murphy, Garrick Ibbotson, Dean Solomon, Clayton Hinkley, Scott Thornton, Kepler Bradley and David Mundy all endured horrid outings against the Crows but Harvey refused to name names when he took aim at seasoned players who were underperforming.

"We know we've got a lot of our A-graders out but there are other guys there that have been there for a period of time that need to lift the younger players," Harvey said.

"Last week they didn't.

"We'll see if the same sort of complement of players we've got available at selection, whether they can rally and redeem themselves on the back of that performance ... but I won't be naming them.

"(I) just put them on notice about the way we want them to play, and not necessarily the way they play."

Fremantle sit dead last on the table with just three wins.

Should the Dockers fail to win more than four games for the season, they will receive a second-round priority pick.

But Harvey said he wasn't even thinking about that prospect and was confident the club would end up winning enough games to avoid the wooden spoon.

"I don't know what the word tank means, I never have and I never will," he said.

"That's coming from me as a coach. When I played the word wasn't mentioned.

"If you're competitive and you want to win then there's nothing that gets in the road.

"Effectively for us (a priority pick) is only one selection, which is in the 20s, so it won't make a difference."

Harvey said the confidence of his younger players had not been dented by the demoralising loss to Adelaide.

"They're disappointed, are they devastated? No," Harvey said.

"If you see some of our younger players ... they acknowledge losing and the bad taste that leaves in your mouth but they're doing something about it."

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