Fremantle superstar Nat Fyfe has credited a roasting from former coach Ross Lyon, and a chance meeting with a pilates instructor for his second Brownlow Medal win.
Fyfe polled 33 votes to claim the coveted individual award, after a stunning indiviudal season that belied the Dockers’ tumultuous year in which their coach Lyon was sacked.
The 28-year-old managed to play 20 games – five more than 2018, when he suffered a hamstring injury.
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But in a mysterious twist of fortune, it was that same injury that prompted a meeting with a pilates instructor called Trudy, who took it upon herself to build Fyfe’s body to full strength.
“My No.1 goal coming in was to play all season and I had an amazing pilates instructor, Trudy, who found me in the street a week after I tore my hamstring last year and said, ‘You need to come and see me’,” Fyfe said.
“She came up to me and was a bit of a spiritual person and said, ‘I had this inkling you were going to hurt yourself last week’ and I said, ‘Where were you then?’.”
“Two hours a week, every week since November last year (I worked with her) and I got through the year with no soft tissue.
“I played every game bar two, which I had concussion and my elbow. But that becomes the blueprint for me the next two or three years.”
Fyfe also credited some honest words from Lyon for his development.
“As recently as last year, about December, I was just going through the motions with my training and preparation with the idea of playing more footy towards the back end of the season,” Fyfe said.
“He challenged me to say, ‘You’re cruising, I don’t think how you’re performing and preparing at training is up to standard, I think you’ve got more in you’. That was a spark to really get going.”
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The next medal Nat Fyfe wants draped around his neck is for winning an AFL premiership.
Amid the elation of his second Brownlow on Monday night, Fyfe spoke of his impatience around achieving team success.
He has never captained Fremantle in a final and their only grand final was the 2013 loss to Hawthorn.
“I’d hate to be sitting at the end of my career with two or maybe three Brownlows and no premiership,” Fyfe said.
“I’d trade these in, in a heartbeat, just for the opportunity to be able to play in another grand final.
“I’m so jealous of the teams that get to compete this weekend.
“Let’s hope that the next medal around my neck is (for) a premiership.”
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