Nat Fyfe has been the subject of rumours of a trade to the Saints.
Nat Fyfe has been the subject of rumours of a trade to the Saints. JULIAN SMITH

Dockers coach confident of keeping Fyfe at Fremantle

FREMANTLE coach Ross Lyon believes the balance has shifted towards the Dockers in the race to re-sign Nat Fyfe.

The 2015 Brownlow medallist has not recommitted beyond 2017 amid reports from a Perth radio station that he has already verbally agreed to a $1.5 million deal with St Kilda, claims that were vehemently denied by his management.

And Lyon, who appointed Fyfe captain ahead of this season, is confident his star on-baller will decide to stay.

"We love him, he loves Perth, he loves his family, so I would think the odds are in our favour," Lyon told Channel 7 on Tuesday.

"But we've got to be commercial, provide an environment ... at the end of the day it's not my job to sign Nathan.

"My job is to provide an environment that he enjoys playing in, growing in and improving in and we feel we've done that over a long period of time."

Fyfe has had a productive first six rounds without reaching his 2015 heights. He is ranked fourth in the AFL for contested possessions and is averaging 26.8 disposals per outing.

Lyon praised his captain's form among the public speculation and media scrutiny over his future.

"He is down to business," he said.

"He's one of the great preparers in the AFL, he's a wonderful captain. He's been leading us strongly along with David Mundy and the other leaders.

"It's (speculation) not something I concern myself with and I wouldn't have thought Nathan does as well.

"That's just the reality of free agency and restricted free agents, every club deals with it.

"We'll just work our way through it. In the fullness of time we'll all know the result."

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