Coach Paul Hasleby won't blood youngsters just for the sake of it in the rest of the season despite South Fremantle being well out of the finals hunt.
The Bulldogs are in development mode, having slumped from last year's finals finish to be seventh with just three wins in 2012.
The diminishing pool of experience has become a grim reality after the sudden retirements of former Fremantle pair Ryan Murphy and Josh Head.
That will be compounded with seasoned defender Hayden North expected to hang up his boots at the end of the season.
Of the premiership side that won the 2009 grand final, only centreman Kris Miller and forward Paul Mugambwa played in the 55-point loss to Claremont last Sunday.
Tomorrow's clash against fellow battlers Perth at Brownes Stadium will give an indication of how far South Fremantle are away from lifting themselves back into finals contention over coming seasons.
Hasleby said the club would not be picking a line-up with the sole view of fast tracking youngsters.
"We certainly have a selection culture at the club where we want to reward the guys that deserve games," Hasleby said.
"We do try players in a few different positions, I guess, but there's not many easy games given out.
"We're still trying to win as many as we can and continue to build our culture."
Head, 29, retired last Friday. It came just weeks after Murphy's decision, with the utility player citing increased work commitments for forcing his hand.
Hasleby said he had not put the hard word on either player.
"He wasn't enjoying it," Hasleby said of Head.
"He's a proud player and he didn't want to go out on that sort of note, I suppose. Did it surprise me? Certainly the timing of it surprised me, but I also know that once you lose the passion to play the game it's a very hard level to play at, even at WAFL level."
North, 28, is expected to return from injury tomorrow to shore up the back line.
Hasleby flagged the team might need to get used to life without North, with the likelihood he won't be playing in 2013.The Bulldogs are already planning to recruit mid-aged players during the off-season, with key- position players a priority.
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