Docker Morabito facing uncertain future

Luckless midfielder Anthony Morabito may not play another game for Fremantle but even if they cut him loose, coach Ross Lyon is adamant the club has done all they can for him.

Morabito has played just three AFL matches since his debut season of 2010, with three knee reconstructions and a glut of soft tissue injuries halting his progress.

The 24-year-old is out of contract at season’s end, and faces an uncertain future.

Fremantle are set for a big list clean-out in the wake of their horror 2016 campaign, and Morabito could be among the casualties.

Morabito has played 11 games in the WAFL this season – including five straight games before last week’s bye.

The 189cm wingman is an outside chance to end his two-year AFL hiatus in Saturday’s clash with GWS at Spotless Stadium.

But even if he doesn’t earn selection, Lyon implored fans to remember how much the Dockers have supported Morabito over the journey.

“I understand the emotion wrapped around Anthony,” Lyon said.

“But he’s played (three) AFL games in six years.

“We’ve been an incredibly supportive club in the context since 2010. That’s without question. That’s what I would put on the table.

“Our emotional support for Anthony, our resources, our contracting opportunities – regardless of whether Anthony plays next week or the week after – have been first class.

“I don’t think anyone can dispute that.”

The Dockers appear set to make at least two changes from the team that copped a 72-point flogging from Adelaide on Sunday.

Veteran forward Matthew Pavlich will be rested, while ruckman Aaron Sandilands (glute) faces an uphill battle to play.

Forward Matt Taberner is almost certain to earn a recall, while Morabito will be among a host of fringe players also looking for a call-up.

The Dockers have lost their past seven games, with their 3-17 record consigning them to 16th spot on the ladder.

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