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Freo’s signing binge proceeds, another two ink expansions

FREMANTLE pair Nathan Wilson and Bailey Banfield have signed one-year contract expansions for 2022 as the Dockers direct their concentration toward the NAB AFL Trade Period.

With Lachie Schultz signed for another two seasons, with a trigger for a third, and deals locked in for Wilson and Banfield, the Dockers have just two players yet to affirm new deals.

Midfielder Darcy Tucker has been in chats with the club for some time, while forward Mitch Crowden additionally remains uncontracted.

Fremantle declared its first wave of list changes last month, delisting midfielder Brett Bewley, defenders Tobe Watson and Taylin Duman, and injury-hit speedster Stefan Giro.

They recently expanded ruckman Lloyd Meek for a further two seasons as well as worked on half-forward Travis Colyer for another one.

Schultz affirmed a new two-year deal on Monday, staying on the rookie list and turning his back on an ensured three-year offer from Hawthorn.

Banfield played six of the last seven games in 2021, returning late in the season after two ankle injuries to demonstrate his worth and earn a new deal.

The 23-year-old, who was first enlisted with pick No.5 in the 2018 NAB AFL Rookie Draft, will stay on a rookie contract, permitting the Dockers to hold their national draft selections.

Wilson, who crossed from Greater Western Sydney to Fremantle toward the finish of 2017, has played 72 games in four seasons with the Dockers for a vocation complete of 149.

The 28-year-old, who arrived at the midpoint of 16.9 removals and 5.8 bounce back 50s in 2021, missed games this season because of both injury and suspension, missing the last two rounds in view of a hamstring injury.

The Dockers surrendered their cycle four choice (No.57) at the 2017 NAB AFL Draft, as well as a future second round pick, in exchange for Wilson and the Giants’ pick No.71.

Fremantle shapes as the enormous player in the upcoming NAB AFL Trade Period as it negotiates the exit of midfielder Adam Cerra.

The Dockers could likewise have a chance to sign Brisbane Brownlow medallist and previous player Lachie Neale.

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