Fremantle’s loss of Lachie Schultz and Liam Henry this trade period could turn up the heat on coach Justin Longmuir if the club struggles to fire in 2024.
Schultz and Henry’s moves to Collingwood and St Kilda respectively on Monday, combined with Joel Hamling’s trade to Sydney last week, have marked a concerning trade period for the side to date.
The trio join a growing list of key players to depart the Dockers in recent years including Blake Acres, Griffin Logue, Rory Lobb, Adam Cerra, Bradley Hill, Ed Langdon and Lachie Neale as the club stumbles through its rebuild.
The Dockers tumbled to 14th on the ladder this season, winning just nine of their 23 games, and if Fremantle’s slump were to cross over into next season, two-time premiership Kangaroo David King said he would be concerned for Longmuir’s future.
“It’s a worry going into a really important first phase of 2024, to lose some senior core players over the last two years,” he told Fox Footy’s Trading Day.
“They’ve lost four players in two years they can’t afford to lose at this stage.
“That puts them back a little bit in terms of their rebuild and regeneration of the list. As we keep saying, rebuild coaches don’t survive.
“This really puts the coach under the hammer in the first six to eight weeks next year.”
Longmuir’s contract ends at the end of next season.
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