PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - APRIL 24: Nathan Fyfe of the Dockers leads the team out the race during the round five AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Carlton Blues at Domain Stadium on April 24, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Freo star Nat Fyfe set to explore free agency options

Fremantle star Nat Fyfe says he will explore his options as a free agent when his current contract expires at the end of next season.

Speaking to Channel 7 on Wednesday night, Fyfe said he would only re-sign with Fremantle if he believed the club was headed in the right direction.

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“The idea of free agency is that players do have a say in their career and it would be remiss of me not to look at every possible option,” Fyfe said.

“But if I see a strong future at Freo then that’s where I’ll be playing my footy.”

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 28: Nat Fyfe of the Fremantle Dockers poses after winning the 2015 Brownlow Medal at the 2015 Brownlow Medal at Crown Palladium on September 28, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 28: Nat Fyfe of the Fremantle Dockers poses after winning the 2015 Brownlow Medal at the 2015 Brownlow Medal at Crown Palladium on September 28, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

The 2015 Bronwlow Medalist managed just five games this season, before succumbing to a season ending leg injury.

The Dockers have struggled in his absence and have suffered countless injuries to key players, to see them manage just three wins for the season, on the back of the minor premiership in 2015.

They will likely face a difficult rebuild over the next few years, with several veterans set to retire over the, beginning with the likes of Matthew Pavlich and Aaron Sandilands.

GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - MAY 07: Shane Kersten of the Cats kicks on goal during the round seven AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the West Coast Eagles at Simonds Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
GEELONG, AUSTRALIA – MAY 07: Shane Kersten of the Cats kicks on goal during the round seven AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the West Coast Eagles at Simonds Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Fremantle’s rebuild will start at the trade table, with the Dockers all but certain to secure the signatures of GWS forward Cam McCarthy and Hawthorn premiership player Brad Hill this trade period and have also been linked with Geelong’s Shane Kersten and and Giants’ forward Rory Lobb.

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  1. Fyfe is contracted with the Dockers for next season but there is already speculation building around his long-term future. Fyfe had the plate removed from his leg last week after it was inserted back in May to fix his fractured left fibula. It was the second such fracture he suffered in eight months and it ended his season just five games in.

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