MANDURAH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 19: Nathan Fyfe of the Dockers warms up on the sidelines during the 2016 AFL NAB Challenge match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Richmond Tigers at Rushton Park on February 19, 2016 in Mandurah, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Fremantle has announced star midfielder Nat Fyfe as the club’s new captain for 2017.

Fyfe takes over the role from David Mundy, who was captain for one season following the resignation of Matthew Pavlich.

Michael Walters and Lachie Neale join the leadership group for the first time, while Mundy, Aaron Sandilands and Lee Spurr retain their positions and round out the seven man team.

“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 said he is pleased with the youthful, new additions to the leadership group.

“The leadership group is the foundation for the list and the team, our on field performance and drive at training,” Lyon said.

“The additions of Lachie Neale and Michael Walters have been built over a fair period of time, and we’re pleased about that.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 28: Lachie Neale of the Dockers celebrates a goal during the 2016 AFL Round 23 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Western Bulldogs at Domain Stadium on August 28, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

“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.”