Fremantle star Nat Fyfe hopes to be back playing within six weeks and has told the Dockers faithful he will play AFL in the 2022 campaign.
The Dockers are priced at 2/1 to make the eight this season and Fyfe will be crucial to their chances of having a successful season.
Fyfe was close to making a return to action after undergoing a shoulder reconstruction last year only to then develop a back issue while stepping up his training.
The Fremantle skipper underwent an operation on his back on Saturday and says it could be anything from four to 10 weeks before he is able to play again.
One thing is for sure, Fyfe says he will play again this season. His comments come after there had been talk in the media that he may not play again.
"I'm up walking around already and hopefully will start running within two weeks and look to be playing in somewhere around six weeks," Fyfe told Triple M. "But these things are a bit subjective based on the individual.
"I think that (six weeks) is about right, but don't be surprised if it's four and don't be surprised if it's 10.
"I've spoken to Matthew Pavlich extensively about this, you have to really respect them (back injuries) because you don't want any lingering problems to occur. In and around the spine is a pretty important area.
"But the shoulder is fine, the back will recover fully, and I'll be playing footy this year for sure."