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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Sean Darcy desperate for Aaron Sandilands to play on at Freo

Fremantle ruckman Sean Darcy says playing alongside veteran Aaron Sandilands will be crucial for his development next season.
Sandilands, who turns 36 in December, is tipped to extend his career into 2019, despite being restricted to only 26 matches in the last three years.
Darcy has played just one match with the four-time All-Australian and Sandilands broke down with a hamstring injury during the first quarter of that game.
He said having Sandilands at the club again next year would be a massive boost for his career.
“I’d be stoked. I can’t wait,” Darcy said. “I really want him to.
“I’ve only played 13 games so far. I’m still very young as a footballer and have a lot of developing to do. I want another year to pick his brain, ask him questions and get the little tricks of the trade that he does.”
The Dockers (13th) face a tough task against ninth-placed Geelong at GMHBA Stadium today. The Cats need to win their last two games to play finals.
But the ground and the town are filled with positive memories for 20-year-old Darcy, who grew up barracking for Geelong.
A large group of his family will attend as Cats members today.
Darcy’s uncle Tim played 176 games for the Cats including the 1989 and 1992 grand finals.
He often organised for Darcy to visit the Geelong rooms during games.
Darcy’s link to the Cats also includes Brownlow medallist Patrick Dangerfield helping Geelong Falcons players in 2016.
The ruckman made his debut against Geelong and said he was looking forward to confronting Gary Ablett for the first time.
He said many of the Cats players were his heroes.
“The first season I remember was 2007 when we won the flag,” he said. “I loved Brad Ottens.
“He always showed up in the finals so I was a big fan of him, especially being a ruckman.
“Then the likes of Paul Chapman, Gary Ablett, Jimmy Bartel and all of those guys.
“I grew up watching them. It was a pretty good era.”
Darcy said it was important for him to find consistency in the final games of the season.
He’ll work closely with captain Nat Fyfe today after the star midfielder was named to play his first game since injuring a hamstring in round 15.
“We know they’ve got quality like (Tom) Hawkins up forward, Ablett, Dangerfield and (Joel) Selwood in the midfield,” Darcy said. “We just need to control the ball, use it, isolate the forwards and stretch their defence.”