The Dockers had a strong chance to claim a finals placing in 2021 before enduring four losses from their final six games of the season.
The club have registered their ambitions to claim their maiden AFL premiership by 2025 and have backed in Longmuir with a new contract this off-season.
With the horizon as bright as it has ever been at Cockburn, 2022 frames as a pivotal campaign for the Dockers on their way finally opening the doors on their trophy cabinet.
With this in mind, we take a look at how Fremantle might line up for the season ahead.
Fitness will be key for Longmuir's rearguard this season should they shape as finals contenders, with the Dockers having struggled to field their best back-six for the past several seasons.
With Alex Pearce having a full pre-season under his belt, the Dockers will be buoyed by the key defender's ability to intercept, lockdown and direct from defence.
The void left by star onballer Adam Cerra is a large one, however the Dockers do have the means to quickly fill that hole and still compete for the top eight.
Should the two-time Brownlow return to his best, the Dockers will firm as a large threat come September, however many questions still remain for the Fremantle skipper.
Mundy had a talismanic campaign in 2021 to lead a young core group under Longmuir, with the Dockers needing more of the same from the 36-year-old.
2020 Rising Star winner Caleb Serong is set to continue on his astronomical trajectory, while gun midfielder Andrew Brayshaw is also expected to take a large step in 2022.
2021 breakout player Sean Darcy will lead the charge for the rucks once again, with Lloyd Meek also sure to have a hand throughout the course of the year.
Recruit Will Brodie will be looking to cement his place in Longmuir's midfield after joining from the Suns in hope of filling the role left by Cerra.
The Dockers' forward line had a miserable 2021 campaign in front of goal and will be looking to right their wrongs with finals in their frame once again.
The aforementioned Walters, Erasmus Switkowski and Henry are sure to add plenty of pressure among the forward 50, with Lachie Shultz set to continue his goalkicking prowess.
Veteran Travis Colyer will be looking to add to his impressive past 12 months in purple, while youngsters Sam Sturt, Michael Frederick, Mitch Crowden and Bailey Banfield will be looking to break into the senior side.
FB: Luke Ryan, Alex Pearce, Griffin Logue
HB: Jordan Clark, Brennan Cox, Hayden Young
C: James Aish, Caleb Serong, Neil Erasmus
HF: David Mundy, Rory Lobb, Sam Switkowski
FF: Michael Walters, Matt Taberner, Lachie Schultz
FO: Sean Darcy, Nat Fyfe, Andrew Brayshaw
I/C: Liam Henry, Will Brodie, Jye Amiss, Heath Chapman
EMERG: Nathan Wilson, Joel Hamling, Travis Colyer, Darcy Tucker