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Harvey earns new deal at Dockers

By Justin Chadwick 23/06/2010 05:37:12 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle hope the re-signing of coach Mark Harvey will convince skipper Matthew Pavlich, Chris Tarrant and David Mundy to remain with the resurgent AFL club.

Harvey, who has overseen Fremantle's flying 9-4 start to the season, ended months of speculation on Wednesday by signing a new two-year deal with the Dockers, tying him to the club until the end of 2012.

Pavlich, Tarrant and Mundy are all out of contract at season's end but Fremantle chief executive Steve Rosich is confident the trio will re-sign.

"We're pleased where all those situations sit," Rosich said on Wednesday.

"We don't make comments externally of the progress of contract negotiations but very confident we'll retain all the key people on and off the field at the Fremantle football club."

Pavlich, a 226-game veteran who was born in South Australia, has long been sought after by the Crows.

But with Adelaide's premiership window now over and the Dockers' finally opening up, the 28-year-old is almost certain to see out his career in Perth.

Tarrant, 29, has been a revelation in defence over the past two years but is yet to decide whether to play on next season.

Fremantle may find it toughest to hold on to 24-year-old Mundy, who is enjoying his finest season in the midfield and is no doubt in the sights of new AFL club Gold Coast.

Harvey was confident his commitment to the Dockers would encourage the trio to follow suit.

"Hopefully this can instill a united group and make sure we stick together at what we're doing and make sure we finish things at whatever stage that presents itself," Harvey said.

"They're the real drivers behind what we're doing I would have thought.

"They understand that.

"They've always been spoken so highly about amongst us internally so we'd like to think at some stage that we can keep everyone together."

Harvey, who played 206 games for Essendon during a glittering playing career, arrived at Fremantle as an assistant in 2006 but was thrust into the hot seat late in 2007 when Chris Connolly fell on his sword.

The 45-year-old guided the team to four wins from seven games to finish off the 2007 campaign but overhauled the ageing list in favour of youth at the end of 2008 after finishing 14th with just six wins.

The pressure started to mount on Harvey when the Dockers again managed only six wins in 2009.

But after another fruitful raid of the draft, which included the recruitment of gun rookie Michael Barlow, Fremantle became the competition's surprise packet of 2010 and currently sit third on the table.

"It probably hasn't surprised me as much as the outside world," Harvey said.

Despite Fremantle's remarkable success so far this year, Harvey said it was still too early to talk about finals football.

"You'll never sort of hear me talk about predictions," he said.

"We may be playing better than what we are at this particular stage.

"If we can find improvement and make sure we still evolve we may be a chance, that's where it sits."

And how does Harvey rate his coaching capability?

"Probably going a bit better than the French coach at this particular stage," he said with a smile.

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