Nat Fyfe to step down as Fremantle captain

Nat Fyfe has stepped down as Fremantle captain. Daniel Pockett/AFL Photos/via Getty Images

Fremantle's dual Brownlow Medallist Nat Fyfe will stand down as captain ahead of the 2023 AFL season.

Fyfe, 31, informed his teammates Tuesday afternoon that his tenure as skipper would end after six seasons in the role. He will also be stepping aside from leadership group duties for the first time since 2015.

"The decision was tough. It has been something I've known for the last three or four weeks," Fyfe said. "Last year was a challenging year for me, individually, but a great year for the club and it started to pave the way for a transition.

"Intuitively, I knew that it was an exciting opportunity for the club for me to step aside and let someone else come through.

"It took a while for the emotions and my mind to line up with my intuition, it feels like I was letting go of a dream in some ways, but once I connected with that feeling, it opens up the possibility for so much more. I'm optimistic about what this transition can do for the club."

Since taking over the captaincy from David Mundy ahead of the 2017 season, Fyfe has added a second Brownlow Medal (2019) to his resume as well as a third All-Australian blazer. He has a 37-1-54 record as skipper in that period.

"On behalf of the Fremantle Football Club I would like to thank Nathan for his vitally important contribution as captain for the past six seasons," said Peter Bell, Fremantle's Executive General Manager of Football. "Last year we emerged from a significant list rebuild into a return to finals, and as captain through that period, Nathan was a vital stabilising force and leader through that transition.

"Nathan led by example both on and off the field, and the strength we boast as a club right now from a talent, work ethic and leadership perspective can be attributed to his guidance."

Fyfe managed just seven games in 2022 after struggling with a back injury. Defender Alex Pearce filled the captaincy void in Fyfe's absence, though it's unclear who will take charge for season 2023.

An announcement from the Dockers is expected later this month, with Pearce (27), Andrew Brayshaw (23) and Caleb Serong (22) among the favourites for the role.