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Lyon not so high and mighty over altitude
New recruit Matthew Taberner. Pic: LIncoln Baker.

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon says he doesn’t think his side is at a major disadvantage from not doing the much-hyped altitude training during the pre-season.

Carlton and St Kilda have joined a growing list of clubs travelling overseas for the altitude training brought into vogue by Collingwood several years ago.

Speaking during the Dockers pre-season training at Fremantle Oval this morning, Lyon said he hadn’t put a lot of thought into it but knew it cost a lot of money.

“I can’t quite get my hands on it here to get it done but I back in our sports science guys,” he said.

“We have certainly got some altitude facilities and tents and those things but we have channelled (the money) into other areas.

“We are really confident that we are not at a huge disadvantage.”

Lyon said he was pleased with the club’s performance in yesterday’s pre-season and rookie drafts in which they brought in tall timber.

South Australian ruckman Jack Hannath and key forwards Matthew Taberner and Alex Howson have all strengthened the Dockers’ weakening big man stocks.

“We walk away positive but the proof is in the pudding isn’t it – there is a lot of work and a lot of growth to be done,” he said.

He said the squad was in good shape with close to 40 on the track and Matthew Pavlich the only player not running.

“All of our times and weights and skinfolds are about a month ahead of where they were last year so it is quite positive at this point.”

Nat Fyfe trained strongly with the main group, while Taberner and Howson, who have been training with the side for the past week, had their first session as Fremantle players.

Stephen Hill continued his trend this pre-season of spending very little time on the track.

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