Nat Fyfe to skipper Fremantle in 2017

Nat Fyfe has been announced as captain of the Fremantle Dockers for the 2017 AFL season.

The Brownlow Medallist takes the reign from David Mundy, who led the side in 2016, after Matthew Pavlich.

Tuesday’s vote also saw two new faces included in the leadership group, with Michael Walters and Lachie Neale joining Fyfe, Mundy, Aaron Sandilands and Lee Spurr.

At 25-years-old, Fyfe is the same age as Pavlich when he was appointed captain for the first time.

“It hasn’t really sunk in fully yet, but it’s just fantastic to get the support of the players, and to also have two new members of the leadership group,” Fyfe said.

“It’s an exciting time for the footy club and we have an exciting group to lead the club for the next four or five years.

“We’ve got fresh new talent through he door. We’ve got great coaching staff and people in administration roles.

“The club’s in really good hands and the future looks exciting.”

Coach Ross Lyon credited Mundy’s efforts as captain in 2016.

“It was a difficult year last year for David (Mundy), taking over from Matthew Pavlich. He led us well under difficult circumstances,” Lyon said.

“But as Nathan said when he spoke to the players, it is a transitioning list.

“We’re aiming high and in a different situation to the year before. We had a more mature list and were coming off a strong year in 2015.

“We’re transitioning, and it talks to an emerging leader who can be with the group for a long period.”

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