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Carr loved at Freo, but not this weekend

By Justin Chadwick 04/08/2009 05:16:23 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle midfielder Garrick Ibbotson still regards former teammate Josh Carr as a mate - but he wouldn't mind seeing the Port Adelaide niggler spend just one more week in the AFL reserves.

Carr, who vacated his vice-captaincy role at the Dockers to rejoin Port Adelaide at the end of last season, has not played since his axing in round 15, leaving him stranded on 199 games for almost a month.

The 29-year-old, renowned as one of the most annoying taggers in the league, is in line for a recall for Sunday's clash with Fremantle at Subiaco Oval.

But Ibbotson admitted he had mixed feelings about Carr's current selection plight.

"It would be good to see him playing but I'm not sure if I actually want him to play," Ibbotson said on Tuesday.

"He's always an interesting player to play on and play with.

"He goes about his football in an aggressive but within-the-rules sort of manner.

"I'm sure there's a few boys thinking he might come back.

"Maybe someone like Matty de Boer or some of the young guys would really like to play on Josh, see what it's like to play against him.

"Obviously Fremantle fans loved him while he was here ... I'm sure the fans would get into him a little bit (if he played on Sunday).

"That's to be expected and he'd expect that if he played and he might even draw on it to play well."

Fremantle could welcome back Luke McPharlin, Brett Peake and Byron Schammer from injury, while the Power received a dose of good news when skipper Domenic Cassisi was cleared to play despite suffering a nasty knock to the head last week.

Meanwhile, the contract stand-off between Paul Hasleby and Fremantle shows no sign of easing, with the midfielder demanding a two-year extension and the club standing firm on its one-year offer.

Ibbotson was hopeful the 28-year-old, who has been one of Fremantle's best players this season, would remain at the club beyond 2009.

"It's not up to me to decide whether he's going to be here or not but he's a great guy and a great footballer," Ibbotson said.

"I love playing with him.

"He's a really important player, especially now when we have so much youth in the side.

"The guys really do draw on him to play well."

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