First off: Congrats to the Freo dockers for knocking over the Dee's to piece together 2 wins in a row. Amazing effort! I just want to provide my opinion to where our focus's should lie in this years trade period to ensure a successful 2018 and would love to get your input.
Personally, if I were the Fremantle list manager, the main focus for this years trade period should be:
1) A grade midfielder in the age bracket of 21-25
2) A grade forward in the age bracket of 21-25
A mid with attributes like Tom Mitchell, Luke Parker, Josh Kennedy, Adam Treloar and Taylor Adams is crucial to compete with the elite midfields in the competition and increase depth as I feel depth at the moment is very low. This would ultimately make the retirement of David Mundy easier and more exitingly, it would allow Fyfe to push forward as the midfield load is taken off him and moved onto a new, 'Fyfe-like' player. Blakely, Grey and Balic are all showing good signs although an elite midfielder around the level of Fyfe would benefit the team immensely. A lot of people are talking about Fyfes potential half forward role and he could definitely embrace this position as long as another player is bought in to ease the load on the midfield. Secondly, an A grade, classy forward is needed as the depth is quite low. In Fremantles 16 point win over the bulldogs, our forwards included Weller, McCarthy, Langdon, Walters, Kersten and Grey. Every forward kicked at least 1 goal (excluding Ed Langdon) which was a good result on the night however I'm not sure this will be sustainable as players like Langdon and Weller aren't exactly made to be forwards. I see them both as outside players at this point. Personally, I think there are 2 paths Fremantle can take as of now: Go for a tall key forward or continue down the road of developing a fast pacey forward line by recruiting a small forward. An example of this would be either a key forward like Jesse Hogan, or a smaller pacey forward like Jamie Elliott as these type of players would both fit in well with the Freo lineup.
Below is the new Fremantle team I would like to see in 2018 where 'X'=A grade forward and 'Y'=A grade midfielder.
B: E. Hughes J. Hamling S. Collins
HB: A. Pearce M. Johnson L. Spurr
C: S. Hill L. Neale B. Hill
HF: L. Weller N. Fyfe B. Grey
F: M. Walters C. McCarthy X
R: A. Sandilands D. Mundy Y
I/C C. Blakely H. Balic G. Logue S. Kersten
What are your thoughts on this and do you think Fremantle will have the tradeable players and draft picks to pull of these trades?