Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe says he is highly motivated by the possibility of reclaiming his title as the undisputed best player in the game after hitting peak physical and mental condition in the build-up to the 2018 season.
But the powerful midfielder is adamant his pursuit of individual excellence won’t come at the expense of the team.
The 2015 Brownlow medallist, was yesterday nominated by rival skippers as one of the three most likely players to win the game’s most coveted individual award this season.
He earned two votes in the annual survey of the 18 club captains, with 2016 Brownlow winner Patrick Dangerfield (seven) and last year’s recipient Dustin Martin (three) the other top contenders.
Fyfe was almost unanimously regarded as the game’s best player in 2015 before two broken legs temporarily halted his career.
But he appears to be on the verge of returning to his best after playing 21 games last year.
Fyfe’s tick of approval from his peers came on the back of his strong finish to last season, in which he played 21 games, a dominant International Rules series and largely uninterrupted summer program.
The 26-year-old was also in fine form through the midfield and in attack in the JLT Community Series loss to Adelaide and win over West Coast.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t motivated individually by being the best player I can be, and potentially being unanimously recognised as the best player does have some real motivation aspects to it,” Fyfe said.
“But as the captain of the footy club, it takes somewhat of a back seat to getting our team going and really performing as a team.
“But I will acknowledge that it does have some motivational value.”
Fyfe, who was likened to James Hird when he first burst on to the scene, endorsed the club’s pursuit of the former Essendon champion to fill a role as an opposition analyst.
“If we could get him involved with the Fremantle Football Club, that would be fantastic,” Fyfe said.