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Aussie Rules: Dockers star eyes big 2022

Fremantle midfielder Darcy Tucker says he is feeling fitter than ever before and is ready to play a key role in the Dockers push for the AFL finals.

Freo have not played finals since 2015 and just missed out in 2021, but there are signs of improvement under coach Justin Longmuir and the determination to make the eight is there.

Tucker back firing

Tucker will have a key role to play for Fremantle and he is tracking well in pre-season following one or two injury issues this time last year.

Recovery from hamstring surgery meant he could not train as hard as he would of liked and the 24-year-old believes that definitely hampered his 2021 season when he made 16 appearances.

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Tucker has done heaps of running in the summer and then into pre-season and hopes to make all the hard work count when the season gets underway.

Tucker will need to versatile in 2022 playing on the wing and onball and believes all the running will help.

Feeling fit

"Coming into last year off a serious hamstring injury I was very limited in the off-season and I couldn't run, so I felt that really hindered my performance last season," Tucker told reporters.

"This year I've had a full off-season doing the running program, which was a very hard program set by (high-performance manager) Phil Merriman, and I was able to get through it.

"That really set me up for this pre-season and I feel like I'm running the best I ever have, which is allowing me to burst from stoppages and really reach high speeds as well.

"I feel like that part of my game is really going to help me for the wing as well this year."

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