Dockers stay suits Taberner

19 February 2019 02:01:33 EST

Matt Taberner is looking forward to playing alongside recruits Jesse Hogan and Rory Lobb in Fremantle's side, after signing a new deal.

The forward is confident he can find a place in the forward line as he looks to rebound after injury ruined his 2018 season.

He missed 15 weeks of the campaign after fracturing a metatarsal bone in his left foot in the Round 5 clash with Western Bulldogs.

Taberner, who was set to come out of contract at the end of this year, has re-signed until the end of 2021.

Coach Ross Lyon feels the 25-year-old can play in a three-pronged tall forward set-up alongside Hogan and Lobb, with the trio set to play together during the JLT Community Series.

Taberner, who can pinch-hit in the ruck if required, said: "There's no limit on how many tall guys you play; at my best, I'm good enough to play in the team.

"The beauty of that is we're all pretty flexible and Jesse has got a great tank and gets up the ground, and Rory is very athletic as well and can play in the ruck."

He added: "I think it's one of my strengths, my endurance, and I definitely like to get up the ground. I think you'll see us all rotate during a match."

Taberner played a career-high 17 games in 2016 but has only managed 17 more appearances across the past two campaigns.

The Dockers could have key defender Joel Hamling involved in their intraclub on Friday, after he pulled out of AFLX due to calf awareness.

Fremantle are 80/1 to win the Grand Final, while the Dockers are 9/4 to finish in the top eight.

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