Fremantle star Nat Fyfe has declared he has no intention of leaving the club.
The 22-year-old midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and his future has been the subject of much speculation after putting off talks with the Dockers until the end of the year.
But Fyfe, who was one of Fremantle's best in their 20-point win over Richmond at the MCG on Saturday, has given his strongest indication yet that he will remain at the Dockers beyond 2014.
"I love Freo," Fyfe told Channel 7's AFL Game Day yesterday.
"I'm a West Australian boy … and I have no intentions of going anywhere."
Captain Matthew Pavlich said Fyfe and David Mundy, a restricted free agent at the end of the year, were key signings.
"We are really keen to keep both of these players. They are critical to our success," Pavlich said on Game Day.
"David is incumbent in our leadership group and Nat certainly as he matures more and as he continues to grow will certainly step right up there.
"We are really confident we will keep both of them but I've been through similar situations.
"There is a commercial reality to it. The club will work it out I'm sure."
Fellow midfielder Michael Barlow also said he hoped Fyfe and Mundy would remain at the club.
"They are fantastic players and great acquisitions for our club and we definitely want to keep them around, but the beauty of free agency for Dave is he's allowed to go out and have a look and have a feel," Barlow told Channel 9's Sunday Footy Show.
"The more successful clubs become in the competition, the harder they are to hold on to their better players.
"It's going to become the reality of the competition."
Fyfe also questioned the two-week suspension he received for an accidental head clash with Gold Coast's Michael Rischitelli in round two.
Several players have been let off for similar incidents in the weeks since.
"I have got to be careful about what I say, but I do feel like the rule has softened a little bit, the interpretation," he said.
"We didn't contest it, which I'm still flat at because I probably could have got off."