Fremantle have started talks with up-and-coming ruckman Sean Darcy to secure him at the club past the end of next season, per

Darcy is contracted at the club until the end of the 2022 season, but Geelong have been strongly linked to the 23-year-old, with Darcy growing up in Geelong and playing for the Falcons in the TAC Cup.

Darcy has had an exceptional season with the Dockers so far in 2021, averaging 15.7 disposals and 30.2 hit-outs per game.

It is believed that Darcy is keen to remain in the purple and white, and be a part of a young core at the Dockers, alongside the likes of Adam Cerra, Andrew Brayshaw and Caleb Serong in the midfield.

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The contract extension would ensure that Darcy is the Dockers' first option ruckman for the foreseeable future.

While Brayshaw recently inked a new long-term deal with the club, Cerra is believed to be favoured to return to Victoria as his contract expires at season's end.

Richmond, Essendon and Carlton are just three of the several keen suitors to land the promising onballer from 2022.