Fremantle have held off on re-signing promising forward Max Duffy as the club continues to assess its playing list heading into 2015.
The 21-year-old was dropped for Sunday's 58-point win over Brisbane at the Gabba after being used as the substitute for the previous two matches against Geelong and Hawthorn.
Duffy's management met with Fremantle list and contracts manager Brad Lloyd on Monday, but no deal was reached.
The 184cm goal kicker is one of a small cohort of Dockers on the club's primary list due to come out of contract at the end of this season, with Matt de Boer and Scott Gumbleton also yet to re-sign.
Duffy has put forward a strong case in recent weeks to earn at least a one-year extension, having put two largely injury- ruined seasons behind him to show his X-factor at the highest level.
He booted two goals from eight disposals in an eye-catching debut against Geelong earlier this month after being injected into the match during the third quarter.
The first of those majors came on the run from the 50m arc in an ideal introduction to AFL ranks, with Fremantle coach Ross Lyon praising the 2012 No.39 draft pick after the match.
An AFL debut was just reward for Duffy in his second season at Fremantle after the frustration of dislocating his collarbone in March.
Four hamstring injuries had also stalled his development in 2013.
"I've been on the list almost two years now and missed out in the draft early, so it's been a long build, but I have finally got there so I am stoked," Duffy said after the Geelong game.
The Dockers have already re-signed Nat Fyfe, David Mundy, Aaron Sandilands, Matthew Pavlich, Hayden Ballantyne and Paul Duffield this season to cement their list.