New Fremantle football boss Joe Brierty has labelled the recent speculation surrounding coaches Justin Longmuir and Luke Beveridge as a misleading story written to "grab headlines".

A recent report suggested the Dockers would strongly consider a play for Beveridge if Longmuir failed to see past the end of his contract at Fremantle, which expires this year.

Brierty was quick to assure the speculation wasn't accurate and denied there had been any conversation within the club about it.

“I'm not sure that one occurred,” Brierty told SEN WA. 

“Yeah, it's a good story. I think we all know where that lies. From my point of view in transitioning into this role, ‘JL' has been fantastic.

“When you have those kind of stories come out and when there's no basis or validity to them, it's hard for us to come out and make any kind of comment.

“The main thing is it's frustrating because it misleads people, it misleads our members and fans. But we get the landscape we're in and people trying to grab headlines.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13: Dockers coach, Justin Longmuir speaks to his players during the round nine AFL match between Sydney Swans and Fremantle Dockers at Sydney Cricket Ground, on May 13, 2023, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/AFL Photos/Getty Images)to

“I think we'll just let that one to go the keeper.”

Longmuir has been with the Dockers coach since 2020 and guided them to a finals win in 2022, return the club to the post-season for the first time since 2015. Though in 2023 the Dockers only managed to finish 14th on the ladder.

Fremantle kick off their 2024 season against Brisbane at Optus Stadium on Sunday, 17th March.