Docker McPharlin fit to face Tigers
Luke McPharlin. Pic: Simon Santi/WA News

Luke McPharlin will definitely play against Richmond in Fremantle's Len Hall Game at Patersons Stadium on Friday night.

However, he is unlikely to be permanently switched forward as a replacement for injured captain Matthew Pavlich.

Dockers coach Ross Lyon said McPharlin, a late withdrawal from last weekend's loss to Hawthorn in Launceston because of concussion suffered the previous weekend against Essendon, was a pinch-hitter in attack rather than a permanent power forward.

"He feels a million bucks and he trained really well," he said of McPharlin's health.

"It is tempting (to play him forward) but he is such an important part of the back six," he said. "I think he is more of a swing man really, a bit like Adam Hunter used to be at the Eagles. He is a better backman but you can swing him forward at the right time."

Playing Tanner Smith, who made his debut against the Hawks in attack, was an option, as was going with an undersized forward line and trying to move Richmond's defence around.

"It is an option. We have got a lot of quality smalls and we played a NAB Cup where we were lively and small," Lyon said.

"I thought on the weekend when we planned a bit better and organised a bit better we were really quite mobile and dangerous and we had some opportunities. If we had have lowered our eyes a little bit we had plenty of free options and it could have been a lot closer. We are trying to work through it still.

"We have got a few things to work through to try to balance up our team, plan for Richmond and we will finalise any changes later this afternoon."

Lyon said Nick Suban, subbed out before half time against the Hawks after managing only two touches, was still in contention to play against the Tigers.

The West Australian

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