Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe has hinted his club is in the box seat to secure the services of Geelong defender Jordan Clark during the AFL trade period.
Clark has struggled for consistent AFL selection at the Cats, playing just eight games this season (plus three times as medi-sub).
The West Australian showed promise since the Cats drafted him in 2018, but has recently fallen down the pecking order as Geelong looked to bolster its list with mature-age recruits.
The 20-year-old had reportedly been considering his options due to a lack of game time at the Cats, and Fyfe believes the deal is “near enough” to done.
“I think it's near enough, I haven't heard it's confirmed but it's somewhere around the mark,” he told Sportsday when asked whether Clark to the Dockers was a done deal.
The young speedster is under contract until 2022 and would need to request a trade if moving clubs.
Fremantle had a promising year to finish 11th on the ladder, and the addition of Clark would fit their young list profile.
Fyfe also revealed the type of draftees they will be looking to recruit in the upcoming AFL draft.
“Our hope is that we can bring some tall forward talent in locally through the draft,” he said.
“We’ve got some high picks, and that’s what we’ll be trying to do.”
The 30-year-old had spent time forward this year despite being regarded as one of the best midfielders in the game, and may see himself back on-ball next season if the club can draft well.
“I’ll play where I’m required to play and give our club the best chance of playing September action, but by the same token I’ve spent 12 years on my craft of becoming a really high-quality midfielder, and that’s where I play my best footy,” he said.
“So, to rob Peter to pay Paul, as a leader it’s something I’m willing to do, as a player it’s something I’d rather not do.”
Fyfe only managed four games after Fremantle’s bye due to shoulder injuries, opting for surgery to ensure he’s right to go for 2022.