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Bigger Darcy Tucker eyes Fremantle Dockers midfield role

Darcy Tucker says he is up to eight kilograms bigger than when he arrived at Fremantle and has his long term sights set on a role as an inside midfielder for the club.
Tucker says he is yet to speak with coach Ross Lyon about his 2018 role and is happy to play on a wing if that is where the coach wants him.
Eventually though he wants his strength and fitness to allow a move to inside midfielder and has his training tailored towards that.
Tucker, 20, played 19 games in 2017 to go with 12 in 2016 and believes he has reached a point where he needs to maintain strength rather than building it.
The key now is to get his running capacity to a level where he matches the league’s best midfielders, he said.
“I have been playing on a wing in the last couple of years and I like that role. It is good to get up and down the ground and help out in defence and have that running capacity,” he said.
“I am happy to play half forward or half back whatever the case may be and hopefully in a couple of years become an inside midfielder.”
Tucker said his first week back at training last week was tough in Perth’s heat but he got through it and was hoping for a setback free summer.
“Last pre-season I was able to go through uninterrupted and build a fitness base so I am just going to build on that again. Just be able to try to build my fitness for next year,” he said.
“I have probably put on one or two kilos over off-season. I am more looking to build on my run and speed.”
“I am probably six or seven or eight kilos bigger than when I first arrived. That is all right but I have but now I have just got to build that running capacity to match it with AFL midfielders.”
“I think I am at a point where I don’t need to put on too much more weight. I just need to maintain and keep strong in the gym. Build that fitness base and become a good runner.”

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