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Haze keen for another deal at Freo

By Justin Chadwick 14/06/2010 06:36:04 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle midfielder Paul Hasleby is hopeful the club will offer him a contract extension so he can finally experience the AFL finals glory he deserves.

Hasleby will play his 200th game when he lines up against Carlton at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

So mediocre have Fremantle been over the years, Hasleby has played in just two finals.

Hasleby threatened to walk out on the Dockers last year when his request for a two-year deal was promptly turned down and countered with a one-year extension by the club.

The 29-year-old reluctantly signed on to the diminished deal.

But after a solid first half to 2010 and with the fourth-placed Dockers finally on track for sustained success, Hasleby has high hopes he will be a wanted man next year.

"I think Jonathan Brown in his first four years played in almost 20 finals," Hasleby said.

"It would be nice if I could do that at the end of my career.

"I'm just going to keep putting my best foot forward on and off the field and hopefully at the end of the year the club deem it good for me to go on.

"But we don't want to take our eye off the ball this week against Carlton.

"It's a key stepping stone to trying to achieve that goal this year."

With exciting youngsters Stephen Hill, Michael Barlow, Chris Mayne, Hayden Ballantyne, Anthony Morabito, Greg Broughton, Nick Suban and Nat Fyfe emerging through the ranks, Hasleby is confident the Dockers are on the verge of a golden patch.

"I think for the first time in the club's history they've got a real strong direction they want to go in," he said.

"In past years it was just bringing in bit-players here and there and (it) probably came unstuck at certain stages.

"We've got a really good blend of experience and youth at the moment.

"If you get both of those things working it makes for a dangerous combination."

Fremantle's immediate attention is to snap a two-game losing streak that is threatening to derail their promising start to the year.

"If we can't get up for this game we probably never will," Hasleby said of the looming challenge against sixth-placed Carlton, who are just one win adrift of the Dockers.

"Confidence is an amazing thing in footy, not only individually but also as a team.

"We need to find that confidence."

Fremantle defender Greg Broughton (foot) and midfielder Rhys Palmer (ankle) are a chance to return this week, but Michael Johnson (suspended) and Luke McPharlin (knee) won't be available until after the mid-season break.

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