17/04/2024
Ethan Hughes. Picture: Fremantle

Ethan Hughes. Picture: Fremantle

Fremantle’s Ethan Hughes has his hopes set high in 2024 – a return to September action.

The Dockers, after a terrific 2022 campaign led them to a semi-final, plummeted down the ladder last season and in the off-season lost talented winger Liam Henry and star forward Lachie Schultz.

However, entering his 10th year at the club, Hughes is itching to get back to finals footy.

“This year we want to build that consistency and perform better over the season and would love to get back and have another crack at finals.”

The 29-year-old currently sits on 101 games for the club and is continuing to build connections with his teammates.

Hughes played a wing role in 2023 but is expected to move into defence ahead of the new season to make room for some rookies, but he’s excited to take on the new challenge.

“Over the pre-season, I’ve just been down back and have been building that connection with my back six or seven teammates down there and the whole collective group of the backline. I think that’s where I’ll be trying to play my football this year,” Hughes said.

“I loved my time there (on the wing) last year and it provided me with a new challenge, that’s something that I was really excited about going into last season.

“With a few injuries and what happened last year, I ended up shuffling myself back to the backline where I was able to reconnect with my teammates down there.”

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“We’ve got a lot of young players who are coming through the wing role and a few midfielders who run their rotation out there, so there is certainly a lot of players who are vying for that spot and it’s an exciting time for the Club.”

Heath Chapman went down with a hamstring injury in the club’s intra-club clash on Saturday and is expected to be ruled out for Round 1.

“He’s been through this stuff before, we support him as a club, he’s a strong resilient young man and so he’ll get through it, he’s doing rehab and he’ll be back,” Hughes said.

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