Opposition teams can rest easy for now. Fremantle’s antagonist Hayden Ballantyne is a father – but to a daughter not a son who might have become the Dockers next generation forward line fire brand.
Speaking in Ballantyne’s absence at Fremantle Oval today fellow forward Michael Walters confirmed the birth of Ballantyne’s first daughter, Avery Jean, on Saturday night.
"I think he had it on Saturday night," Walters said. "I got a text from him saying it is all happening and I just said that your life is going to change from here. Just enjoy it."
The Dockers continue the wait for potential father-son draftees, but there is not expected to be any lack of depth in playing stocks forward of centre in the immediate future anyway after the summer recruitment of Scott Gumbleton and Colin Sylvia and the expected maturing of Hayden Crozier.
Walters said competition for spots in attack would be hot, predicting Gumbleton and Sylvia had the potential to bring "massive change".
"I think they will have a massive change in our forward line, especially helping Pav out." He said. "With Gumbles forward it is not just Pav and Mayney, Mayney can play high and can play down low as well."
"It is going to be a challenge for the group. We have got a lot of players that are good enough to play in that position. That is one of the reasons that me and Ballas came back fit because the younger boys like Crozier are going to come back fitter as well."
Walters predicted his trips into the midfield were more likely to be cameos rather than permanent roles but he was happy to go there if required.
"If they need me there – if the coaches want me to play there I am quite happy to go there," he said. "I have still got a lot of room for improvement with my fitness as well but I am quite happy down the forward line as well with Ballas."
He said the Dockers squad had reported for pre-season training in good shape after being given strict guidelines from coaching staff and the leadership group about the condition they needed to return in.
"I am in good nick and so is everyone else. We had a strict pre-season running regime and all the boys stuck to it and came back in good shape," Walters said.
"The boys really wanted to come back fit and firing. We had a strict target to come back at and most of the boys reached it which is good."
"The coaches just expect us to come back in good nick and the leadership group does too."
Walters, banished to Swan Districts in 2012 for coming baqck out of shape, said he had been taught a "massive lesson".
"I didn’t want to be the only one behind and I am just glad I am not. I am glad everyone else is in good nick as well," he said.