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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe was ready to walk away from football after the 2013 grand final loss

Milestone man Nat Fyfe has revealed he considered quitting footy after Fremantle’s heartbreaking grand final loss to Hawthorn in 2013.
Speaking on an AFLPA podcast to be released next week, Fyfe said he lost all motivation after the defeat, a game in which he missed two crucial shots on goal in the first quarter.
The midfield beast, who will bring up his 150th game against Carlton today, went away on a surfing trip that offseason and contemplated walking away from the game completely.
“In my head I was (thinking) this is enough for me. I don’t need to be driven and motivated and getting back to a grand final,” he said.
“I was in a van surfing with a mate and my mind was basically made up that I’d had enough.
“I’d played at a high level of footy, I’d been paid well, I’d enjoyed it but now I was pretty keen to get back to the simple life.”
It took a couple of weeks for the motivation to return, but Fyfe said once it did it was stronger than ever.
The 26-year-old went on to claim the 2015 Brownlow Medal and last season re-sign with the Dockers on a six-year deal.
Fyfe’s progression has been swift since being drafted at pick No.20 in 2009.
His coach at the time Mark Harvey said the young player’s talent was evident early, so much so that he set up a secret meeting with James Hird to try and help him realise his potential sooner.
“I thought that it would be a good opportunity, once I identified him as a similar type of player... I thought it would be good for Nat to talk to James Hird about how he evolved as a footballer because there was a lot to learn from his story,” Harvey told Red FM.
“It was when we played a game in Melbourne some weeks later. Hird wasn’t coaching at the time, I organised a meeting for Fyfe and Hird to sit down together and basically told Hird to tell him what he needs to do as a young player to have a really successful career.”
“As it turned out Nat Fyfe has finished up winning a Brownlow Medal and is arguably nearly as good a player as Hird has been.”