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Dockers ready for Bombers

Talented Fremantle midfielder Darcy Tucker has revealed how the team will improve for this weekend’s clash against the Bombers.

Tucker said the Dockers main focuses for the upcoming game were having a strong midfield and ball movement.

“All our mids, we want them up and about,” he said.

“We don’t really want one or two of our leaders really standing out and then the rest dropping.

“We want to move the ball a lot better as well … we know they’re a quick team but we know we are as well.”

The Dockers player said they aimed to rectify last weekend’s 25-point loss to Richmond.

“Against Richmond we obviously didn’t have the performance we wanted,” Tucker said.

“They came out very strong and jumped us early.

“Our big focus is just [going] back to basics and back to our brand of footy.”

The Fremantle Dockers tackle the weather in a wet training session this morning.

Dockers player Connor Blakely has not played a game all season for Fremantle after surgery on a hamstring injury, with his return relying on a match committee decision today.

Blakely has however had impressive outings in two WAFL games for alignment club Peel Thunder, with 31 disposals and one goal in his last game.

Tucker emphasised how important Blakely was to the Dockers.

“I really hope Connor can come back in because he’s a valuable player for our team,” he said.

“Connor can play a variety of roles which is his strength, he can play midfield or half-back.”

The Fremantle Dockers training this morning. Photos: Matthew Goddard

Tucker also stressed how crucial the upcoming Bombers game was to the Dockers position on the ladder.

“We’re sitting four and four,” he said.

“We’re eighth on the ladder … so this week’s a very, very important game for us.

“As every single game is in the AFL, if you’re not up to your best you can get punished really quickly.”

Watch the full press conference below.