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Freo upbeat as Walters returns
Michael Walters at training today. Pic: Michael O'Brien/WA News

Fremantle star Nat Fyfe says seeing forward Michael Walters back in full training gave the whole group a boost this morning.

Walters joined the main group at Fremantle Oval this morning and moved well on his comeback from ankle surgery.

Coach Ross Lyon said yesterday Walters was about a fortnight away from resuming as he ramps up training.

“He certainly gets everyone up and about when you see him running around,” Fyfe said.

“There were stages there when he didn’t know whether he was coming back.

“But to see him whizzing around and kicking freakish goals is what all Freo supporters want to see.”

Fyfe said the players had had plenty of time to dwell on their 58-point loss to St Kilda after having the bye on the weekend.

The midfielder said he was hoping they would return to their best against Carlton at Patersons Stadium on Thursday night.

“Coming off a loss like that it’s not a great thing (to have a break),” he said.

“All the players would have loved to have strapped the boots on and get straight back out and redeem themselves.

“But physically, I know I felt really fresh training today.

“I’m sure the guys will really pop come game day Thursday night.”

There has been speculation Fyfe could poll the most votes in this year’s Brownlow Medal count despite being ineligible due to an earlier suspension, but the 22-year-old isn’t phased by the talk.

“It is what it is I suppose and the incident happened way back in round two,” he said.

“There have only been a couple that have topped the poll and been ineligible.

“There’s other prizes I have got on my mind.”

Clancee Pearce was the only player on the track away from the main group, with star trio Luke McPharlin (calf), Aaron Sandilands (back) and Stephen Hill (quad) all training strongly.

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