Fremantle’s second-longest serving AFL captain Nat Fyfe has confirmed he will stand down from the role, in an effort to focus on his own form and fitness.

Fyfe became Dockers captain in 2017, and only Matthew Pavlich has held the job for a longer period. 

Fyfe confirmed to the Dockers on Tuesday his decision to not seek captaincy for a seventh season, following a difficult year personally in 2022.

The 31-year-old managed just seven games as he battled regular shoulder, back, and hamstring issues.

“The decision was tough. It has been something I’ve known for the last three or four weeks,” he said.

“Last year was a challenging year for me individually, but a great year for the Club and it started to pave the way for a transition.

“Intuitively, I knew that it was an exciting opportunity for the Club for me to step aside and let someone else come through.”

More to come.