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Late injury hits McPharlin Doig Medal claims
Luke McPharlin. Pic: Getty Images

Fremantle defender Luke McPharlin will face an agonising wait to find out if he has won his first Doig Medal when the Dockers hold their best-and-fairest count at Crown Perth tonight.

McPharlin had a stellar season in defence and is likely to be leading the award when the count enters the final round of the home-and-away season.

The 30-year-old was outstanding all year and was rewarded with All-Australian selection last month.

But he broke down with a hamstring injury during the third term of the round-23 win over Melbourne and didn't play again for the rest of the year.

The Dockers' match committee each award up to five votes for each player for their performances in every game throughout the season.

McPharlin will therefore miss the chance to score votes in the two matches he missed, and his prospects in round 23 will be harmed by his inability to play out the game.

Six-times winner Matthew Pavlich's stunning second half of the year will see him storming home, but he sat out round 22. Michael Johnson should poll well after a sound season in defence.

He was one of five Dockers to play every game. The others were Ryan Crowley, Clancee Pearce, Tendai Mzungu and Michael Barlow.

Meanwhile, mature-aged recruit Lee Spurr has been rewarded for his efforts throughout 2012 by being upgraded to the senior list.

Spurr has signed a two-year contract extension after playing 13 games for the year including both of the club's finals.

·Former Fremantle and St Kilda midfielder Brett Peake has signed with East Fremantle for the next two seasons.

Peake, 28, played 58 league games with the Sharks between 2003 and 2009 and carved out a 118-match AFL career with the Dockers and St Kilda.