Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich put out a couple of spot fires on Sunday – the first concerning his fitness and the second his future.
Pavlich, 33, dismissed reports he is battling a calf injury ahead of Friday night’s preliminary final clash against Hawthorn, and also took to Twitter to reaffirm that he won’t make a decision on his playing future until after the Dockers’ 2015 campaign is over.
“Haven’t read it, but contrary to reports no decision has been made on my playing future. We have more important things to focus on!” Pavlich tweeted.
“Some operate in a ‘soupiness of truth’ reporting facts that they wish to be true as opposed to facts that are categorically known to be true.”
The Dockers skipper has long maintained he is unsure whether he will play on next season and has previously said that nothing should be read into the looming release of his biography – usually a sign that a player is about to hang up the boots.
He was spotted wearing a moonboot after the qualifying final win but he told Channel Seven that he was fit and ready to take on the Hawks at Subiaco.
“It was one of those precautionary things,” he said.
“As soon as we got the victory in that qualifying final against Sydney they made sure they put a few guys in cotton wool.
“I was fine and walking around – it was just one of those things where they put you in cotton wool and make sure you’re ready for training.”
Superstar teammate Nat Fyfe has struggled with a leg injury late in the season and was seen on crutches after the qualifying final in Perth but Pavlich said that was also a precautionary move.
“Nathan came through the game really well – probably better than he had previously,” he said.
“He’d been a bit sore leading in to the last part of the year but he pulled up really well.”
Veteran defender Luke McPharlin continues to battle a calf injury, with Ross Lyon labelling him a doubtful starter for the preliminary final.
Hawks forward Jack Gunston missed his side’s 74-point thumping of Adelaide with an ankle injury and remains in some doubt for the clash.