Fremantle Dockers player Nat Fyfe.
Fremantle Dockers player Nat Fyfe. JULIAN SMITH

Fyfe has 'full football focus' in bid to make comeback

SUPERSTAR midfielder Nat Fyfe is going at "100 miles an hour” to be fit and firing for Fremantle's season-opener against Geelong, according to assistant coach Marc Webb.

In welcome news for the Dockers' 2017 finals hopes, Webb said the Brownlow Medallist hadn't missed a pre-season session as he targets a long-awaited return from a serious leg injury against the Cats at Subiaco Oval on March 26.

The 25-year-old hasn't played since round five of last season after he re-injured his broken leg against Carlton.

"With the strengthening sides of things, we've been really happy with the way it's gone,” Webb told SportFM 91.3.

"And also the amount of training he's been able to get in ... I don't think he's missed a session.

"He's been really committed and he's a really focused person and he's been able to put the extra kilometres in.

"I think he's certainly been ahead of schedule and he's been doing that full football program.

"We can only ask what he's been doing ... I think he's been doing that full football focus and been going at 100 miles an hour to get there for round one.

"We're really confident in our strength and conditioning (program) and our physios and doctors that they're going to give him the best chance, and he's been training well so it's really positive on those signs.”

Former Gold Coast Sun Harley Bennell is another player hoping to bounce back from an injury-hampered 2016.

Bennell was restricted to two appearances - one in the NAB Challenge and one for Peel Thunder in the WAFL - in his first season at the Dockers due to a recurring calf problem.

Webb said the former No.2 draft pick was "progressing well” in his rehabilitation since returning from revolutionary calf treatment in Germany late last year.

"He's had a pretty tough run over the last year or so, and I think he's another one who's really strong and focussed on what he wants to get out of his football,” Webb said.

"He's done everything that's been asked of him in his preparation, and certainly with Harley he keeps progressing well.

"We see the possibility there for him again playing good football for the Fremantle Football Club.

"It's one of those that he keeps meeting his milestones week to week, which he's on track to do.”

Ruckman Zac Clarke looks set to return to the main training group in the coming weeks after suffering a knee setback in the gym.

Fremantle's JLT Community Series campaign gets under way in at Geraldton's Wonthella Oval against West Coast on February 25.

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