It's been a pretty quiet offseason for Fremantle. New coach, new CEO, half the squad has injured themselves running laps and all that was before we had the fire, floods, famine (stop hoarding all the spaghetti, you bastards) and pestilence but it's a scientifically proven fact that none of that will have any impact on the week ahead when Fremantle start the year off with a percentage boosting win on Saturday. It's been a long wait but the footy is back, at least temporarily, and this Longmuir chap seems keen so everything should be fine...having said that, David Mundy is playing it safe and will be obeying the lock down rules at his nursing home. Two new blokes will be in the purple to kick off round 1, with James Aish making his debut in colour and Sam Sturt making his AFL debut after too many knocks in the head last year kept him from following Ross Lyon's game plan.

FB: Aaron Francis Michael Hurley Brandon Zerk-Thatcher
FF: Michael Walters Rory Lobb Travis Colyer
HB: Adam Saad Jordan Ridley Mason Redman
HF: Bailey Banfield Matt Taberner Sam Sturt
C: Kyle Langford Andrew McGrath David Zaharakis
C: James Aishn Nat Fyfe Brett Bewley
HF: Orazio Fantasia Jayden Laverde Devon Smith
HB: Taylin Duman Brennan Cox Reece Conca
FF: Jake Stringer Jacob Townsend Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti
FB: Ethan Hughes Griffin Logue Luke Ryan
MID: Tom Bellchambers Zach Merrett Dylan Shiel
MID: Sean Darcy Darcy Tucker Andrew Brayshaw
BENCH: Darcy Parish Will Snelling
Matt Guelfi Tom Cutler
BENCH: Adam Cerra Lachie Schultz
Mitchell Crowden Cam McCarthy
21st MARCH
Marvel Stadium
Essendon $1.45
Fremantle $2.75