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Mann bids for seat on Freo board
Mann bids for seat on Freo board

Former Fremantle captain Peter Mann heads a list of six candidates for Fremantle’s member-elected board position, declaring he wants to put something back into the club he helped establish in 1995.

Mann, 42, the first winner of the Doig Medal as the club’s best and fairest in 1995, played 77 games for the Dockers and was the club’s captain in 1997 and 1998. He also played 39 games, including three finals, for North Melbourne.

He will run against sitting member elected board member Kate Grieve and other candidates Murray Browne, John Vojkovich, Chris Lewis and John Garland. At least one of the candidates, Lewis, is expected to run on a platform to oppose a potential shift of the club’s training base to Cockburn.

If successful, Mann would become the third highly prominent member of Fremantle’s inaugural squad on the board. The club’s first captain Ben Allan and 1996 Doig medallist Stephen O’Reilly are already Fremantle directors.

Mann, who returned to Perth 12 months ago after establishing an impressive post-football career, is currently the sustainability consultant with water engineering company MWH Global. The one-time playing president of the AFL Players Association became the union's executive director for five seasons from 2000 to 2004. He has also held positions at Macquarie Bank and Boston Consulting and has worked on strategic plans for Cricket Australia, Fremantle, the AFLPA, Fosters Brewing and Toyota’s AFL sponsorship.

He said his decision to stand for election had been one arrived at over time.

“I have had an involvement with Fremantle off the field which dates back over the last decade, helping them to facilitate and develop some of their strategic plans,” he said. “I have a background in strategy development and in some cases that has meant a connection with sporting clubs and sporting bodies. I think I can add value.”

Mann said he would not adopt a position on whether the club should shift its training base to Cockburn, until he was “across” all the facts surrounding the possible move.

“Part of the training I have had over the past 10 years is to make sure you avail yourself of the facts before you make decisions. You make sure you make decisions with clarity.”

“Over the past 10 years I have had a lot of experience with clubs moving training facilities. There have been good and bad aspects in every one. I think I can add value to the club making a decision on this, given that it is such an important decision for the club.”