Fremantle defender Alex Silvagni is doing his chances of gaining a contract extension at the end of this season no harm at all.
The 28-year-old played in his 50th game for the Dockers in their 46-point loss to West Coast on Sunday, since being drafted with pick 109 in 2010.
Due to hamstring and calf injuries, it was just his fourth game since the start of the 2015 season and his second since round 19 last year.
But he was able to keep Jack Darling quiet and goalless for three quarters against the Eagles, before being swung across to Coleman Medal leader Josh Kennedy.
Key role on danger forwards comes a week after a more than serviceable effort against Sydney, restricting Lance Franklin to just two goals in a 90-point thumping.
Coach Ross Lyon said he wasn’t in a position to talk about the future of Silvagni, or any other person at the club, but agreed he is in good form.
“It will be remiss of me to discuss without a collective and collaborative approach to where we’re going forward,” Lyon said.
“So I’m not in a position to detail anyone’s future, except to say Alex in particular was really pleasing today. I mean he made some errors with the ball, but gee whiz his competitive spirit – it really opened up late – I thought he was quite good.”
With teammates Michael Johnson and Alex Pearce injured and Zac Dawson suspended, the form of Silvagni has been a timely boost for Fremantle.
The Dockers were stretched trying to cover the tall forwards of West Coast, although Josh Kennedy (seven goals) managed to notch up multiple scoring attempts during the game.
Nic Naitanui and Simon Tunbridge each booted one. Jack Darling was kept to just one behind. Although Mark LeCras and Josh Hill each chimed in with three apiece.
It doesn’t get any easier next week, as Adelaide travel to Perth bidding to keep their top-two chance alive.
They boast five players who have kicked 25 goals or more, including talls Josh Jenkins (52), Taylor Walker (52), Tom Lynch (40) and Mitch McGovern (25). Oh, and Eddie Betts has chipped in with 54.
Silvagni has quickly become the senior member of the Dockers key defender pairing. Alongside him is Sam Collins, who looks to be catching up to the pace of senior AFL football quickly, despite having a tough time against Kennedy on Sunday.
Lyon said he left Collins on the key Eagle as a learning experience for the young defender.
“We didn’t want to make it too harsh, there was a couple of turnovers and those sort of things. Josh Kennedy is an A-grade power forward.”
“Dawson normally plays on him and has a fantastic record on him. There is a bit about how the supply opened up and I think he had five in the first half when the pressure was on.
“Kennedy has won the medal and Collins gets to go away and have a look at it and try to improve.”