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Nat Fyfe steps down as Fremantle captain, Andrew Brayshaw tipped as alternative



Nat Fyfe has stood down from his position as Fremantle captain after a six-year tenure in what he described as a “robust” choice.

The 31-year-old knowledgeable his teammates of the choice on Tuesday, admitting that it had been coming for the very best a part of a month.

”The choice was robust. It has been one thing I’ve recognized for the final three or 4 weeks,” he stated.

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“Final yr was a difficult yr for me individually, however an important yr for the membership and it began to pave the best way for a transition.

“Intuitively, I knew that it was an thrilling alternative for the membership for me to step apart and let another person come by way of.

“It took some time for the feelings and my thoughts to line up with my instinct, it looks like I used to be letting go of a dream in some methods, however as soon as I linked with that feeling, it opens up the chance for a lot extra.

“I am optimistic about what this transition can do for the membership.”

After being Fremantle’s talisman for almost all of his 209-game profession, Fyfe endured a tricky 2022 season, managing simply seven appearances and averaging a career-low 15.1 disposals per contest.

Fyfe has additionally stepped except for Fremantle’s management group solely, because the membership’s subsequent era will get set to take over.

Andrew Brayshaw has overtaken Fyfe as Fremantle’s No.1 midfield man, and after a profession yr which noticed him named the AFLPA’s MVP, the 23-year-old is without doubt one of the sizzling favourites to be Fyfe’s successor.

Whereas Fyfe loved a profitable private tenure as captain, successful his second Brownlow Medal in 2019, the staff didn’t get pleasure from as a lot success underneath his management.

Fremantle missed the finals in every of Fyfe’s first 5 seasons as skipper earlier than a drought-breaking look final season the place they had been finally overwhelmed in a semi ultimate by Collingwood.

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