Fremantle have picked their strongest available line-up to take on the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium tomorrow night, adding Ryan Crowley, Chris Mayne, Nick Suban and Clancee Pearce to the team that was thrashed by 84 points by West Coast seven days ago.
Assistant coach Michael Prior conceded pre-season victories were not imperative, but better effort and match practice were as the Dockers start shaping a team for their season-opening clash with Collingwood at Etihad Stadium on Friday, March 14.
A squad of 29 made the trip to Melbourne, with three players still to be omitted.
Minor niggles kept Crowley sidelined last week, Mayne has battled back soreness, while Suban, who is unavailable for the Collingwood match because of a suspension from last year's grand final, was a late inclusion at the expense of Max Duffy.
Nat Fyfe was named and travelled despite missing a training session yesterday morning.
The Bulldogs also had important inclusions, with Shaun Higgins picked for his first game since round three last season when he broke a bone in his foot.
Tom Williams, who missed the second half of 2013 after major shoulder surgery, was also named.
Prior said the squad was the strongest the Dockers could select at this stage of pre-season.
"That is what we want, we want to get game time into our players that are going to be around the mark for round one," he said.
"We are keen to get these guys back in because we want to get minutes into our players before round one."
Prior said Crowley, Pearce, Mayne and Suban "will play".
Fyfe had missed training purely because his loads were being managed and he was expected to play, he said.
Prior said the Dockers had done a "really intensive review" of the loss to the Eagles.
"We do that whether we win by 10 (goals) or lose by 10 (goals)," he said.
"The players are in no doubt about where they are at and what they have got to improve on."