Fremantle midfield gun Nat Fyfe feels confident the extra weight he's gained over the pre-season will not come at the cost of high-flying game style after successfully navigating his first competitive game of the year yesterday.
The 20-year-old was a standout in the Dockers' 89-84 practice match loss to Adelaide at AAMI Stadium, collecting 19 disposals and a goal across three quarters of playing time.
Coach Ross Lyon was quick to praise his emerging midfield star, who said he was glad to be back on the park despite the warm conditions.
"I was definitely feeling the heat after the first five minutes when I came on but I worked into the game," Fyfe said.
"I only played three quarters but felt like I adapted pretty well."
Fyfe has put on more than 4kg over summer after playing most of last year around the 85kg mark.
After missing 13 of Fremantle's 24 games with a shoulder injury in 2012, he said it was important that his young body be better able to withstand the helter-skelter mess of bodies around stoppages.
"I think it's just part of the gradual adaptation to playing as a midfielder," he said.
"I've put on a couple of kilos, I'm playing at about 89kg now so I feel that's where I need to be to compete and I felt pretty comfortable running around yesterday.
"The modern game, the midfielders are quite big so you don't want to be pushed around or bodied up so 89kg holds me in pretty good stead."
One of the highlights of Fyfe's game style in his first three years has been the ability to leap over packs, showcasing a marking ability uncommon in many of the game's midfielders.
He said the extra weight would not mean a drastic change to the way he plays the game.
"I suppose jumping at 70kg is a lot easier than jumping at 90kg but I think I can still run around and jump," he said."I've still got all that movement so I don't think it's affecting me all that much."
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